Pollutants and particles can enter your home in a variety of surprising ways. Pollen, dust, and smoke can travel through the air, which can easily affect every room of your house. These particles eventually make their way into your air ducts, where they tend to accumulate over the years. The warm and humid Florida climate, allows mold and mildew to easily grow, polluting the air. In addition, less-obvious culprits can be brought into your home— the shoes you wear in your house and containments your pets bring from outside. If you find yourself suffering from respiratory issues, you might ask yourself if you should blame your pet or your air ducts. The answer? Blame both. Let’s take a closer look at why this is true, and what you as a homeowner can do about it.
Dealing with Pet Dander
Many people believe that pet dander is the same thing as animal hair—wrong. In fact, dander is actually tiny flakes of dead skin that are shed by all animals. This allergy-inducing dander, builds up the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems of your home, and is released into your air. Bathing and brushing your furry friends on a regular basis can help keep their dander under control. There are several special shampoos that claim to neutralize dander, as well as control possible allergic reactions. Keep your pet outdoors as much as possible, that way you can reduce the amount of dander that ends up in your home.
Cleaning Your Air Ducts
You can take measures to minimize your pet’s dander, but it’s necessary to tackle the dander that’s already lodged in your ductwork. The accumulated debris in your air ducts creates a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, and other toxins. Maintaining the cleanliness of your air ducts is important, so you should vacuum your carpets and change the sheets on your bed regularly. A professional air duct cleaning can remove years of built-up debris from your ductwork, saving you and your family from unnecessary respiratory discomfort and illness. Schedule an appointment to have your ducts cleaned out as soon as possible, and you’ll soon be breathing so much easier.