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Did you know that beloved pets can affect the air quality in your Kinston, NC, home? You may not even be aware of why you sneeze or your eyes water when indoors. While you don’t necessarily have to get rid of your cat or dog, it’s good to know how your air quality might be affected.

Allergy Symptoms Can Worsen

Allergens are present in saliva, urine and feces of your furry friend. When animals lick themselves clean, they shed fur that ends up releasing allergens into the air. Some allergy symptoms include:

  • Runny nose.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Coughing.
  • Irritated nose and throat.
  • Possible eczema.

Dander, Dander Everywhere

Your pet sheds tiny pieces of skin called dander that trigger an allergic reaction. Flakes are extremely small and can get stuck on fabrics or floors. Be wary of having your pets sleep on the bed as dander can make nighttime allergies worse.

Wash Your Pets Often

You need not get rid of your animals. Frequent baths and grooming help in limiting the offensive dander. Low shedding dogs, such as the Basenji or Affenpinscher, are also great for those with allergies. Keeping your pets clean and fresh will also help them enjoyable a more pleasant life.

Remove the Dander, Not the Pet

Vacuuming frequently will limit the dander that negatively affects your air quality. An air purifier filters pet dander as well as lessens pollen and smoke. Maintain your present HVAC systems with scheduled maintenance to enhance the indoor air quality.

If the air quality in your home concerns you, don’t worry. There are plenty of IAQ solutions available to help you enjoy cleaner and fresher air. Give J & J Mechanical, Inc. a call for IAQ service that can improve the air quality in your home and make breathing easier. We’re your HVAC and IAQ experts.

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