Many pet owners with mild allergies suffer through their allergy symptoms so that they can enjoy the company of their dogs or cats. Did you know that furnace filters can make a difference to help pet owners reduce pet dander and allergens in the air? What else can pet owners do to reduce dander and its impact on their HVAC system?
In honour of National Pet Day, here’s some important information and advice about your furnace filters and reducing pet hair.
Do Furnace Filters Make a Difference?
Furnace filters work well to capture pet hair and some allergens from your air. In fact, if you have pets, you’ll need to clean out that filter more often than homeowners who don’t have pets because your filters become ineffective once enough hair has been trapped.
Capturing pet hair and dander is tough on your HVAC system, so there are some things you can do to reduce the impact which will also help you keep your air quality high and reduce your allergy symptoms at the same time.
Tips to Reduce Pet Hair
To give your furnace filter a helping hand, consider these tips:
- Vacuum: Regularly vacuuming the vents, baseboards, cat furniture, under the couch, and the spots where your pet frequently sleeps can help trap pet hair before it gets to the furnace filter.
- Choose a new brush: Some pet brushes are much more capable of capturing hair than others. Look for brushes with a crimp in the bristles, they work best.
- Bathe your dog: While cats may not tolerate baths, most dogs will. Bathing your pup will help remove pet dander before it can get in the air or in your furnace filter.
- Buy a HEPA filter: This filter captures more allergens, dust and other particles than your furnace filter can.
Do HEPA Filters Really Make a Difference?
HEPA filters are powerful. They can capture pet hair, pet dander, dust, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and many other particles. If you or a family member struggle with pet allergies, a HEPA filter can go a long way in helping to reduce your symptoms.
Advantage Airtech ClimateCare’s filters also include a volatile organic compound filter (V.O.C.) which removes harmful gases and fumes from the air. The better the air quality in your home, the healthier you and your pet will be.
Filter Maintenance from Advantage Airtech ClimateCare
Now that you know how filters make a difference to your air quality, you may be interested in scheduling your air conditioner maintenance and filter cleaning with Advantage Airtech ClimateCare. Contact us to schedule maintenance today.