Just under half of all US households own at least one pet. One in five people in the US experiences either asthma or allergy symptoms.* This means that chances are if you have a pet, someone in your family or your circle of friends experiences health problems in your home.
Allergens and Asthma
Dogs, cats, birds, and other pets naturally shed dander, a combination of dead skin cells and fur, which can trigger an allergic reaction or asthma attack. Allergies tend to be worse in the spring, when animals shed their thick winter coats. Older animals often give off more dander than younger ones.
Minimize Health Risks From Your Pets
Frequent cleaning is the most effective way to minimize asthma and allergies related to your pets. Thoroughly vacuum the rooms your pets occupy and empty the vacuum bag or canister immediately. Change the air filter on your heating and air conditioning system every three to six months, and keep the air vents dusted.
Expert Air Duct Cleaning
If you dust and vacuum your home regularly, and continue to have problems with pet allergies, consider having your air ducts cleaned. Pet hair and dander can get into the duct system, which can spread the allergens throughout your home.
Before you hire an air duct cleaning service, look for one with experience cleaning your type of heating and air conditioning service, and ask for references from satisfied customers. Having your air ducts cleaned by an expert cleaning service can improve your quality of life and help you breath more easily in your home.
Humane Society: US Pet Ownership and Shelter Population Estimates
WebMD: Allergy Statistics and Allergy Facts
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