Lots of families have pets today; in fact, many consider their dog or cat a member of the family. While they’re good for boosting your spirits and are lots of fun, pets can trigger allergy symptoms in those who are susceptible. Shedding hair and “dander,” or dead skin, can leave those who are allergy prone with watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, and other symptoms, including rashes. What to do? Our San Mateo HVAC contractors have a few tips to help make living with Fido easier.
Make sure your Bay Area home is spic and span. Vacuuming every day, dusting every three or four days, and washing your pet’s bedding, blankets, and play toys will help keep the hair and dander to a minimum. While it may be tempting to sleep with your pet, it’s best to make the bedroom off-limits.
A humidifier can help if the air inside your home is dry. This is especially true in cooler temperatures when you may be running the heat, which can deplete moisture from the air. Dry air results in aggravated allergy symptoms and irritated sinuses, not to mention it can be damaging to wood floors and other elements of your home. A humidifier adds moisture to the air which helps reduce allergy symptoms while making the air more comfortable.
A healthy HVAC system means a healthier you. Today’s heating and cooling systems can improve indoor air quality, but only if you have your equipment maintained on a regular basis. Be sure you change or clean the air filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and you may want to consider having the ducts cleaned as well, as they can be a source of dust, mold, dirt, and other contaminants, including rodent droppings. If you change the filter yourself and have allergies, wear gloves and a mask, then toss away in a plastic bag that’s sealable. Having your HVAC system inspected regularly not only keeps allergens to a minimum, it also extends its lifespan.
As a Carrier dealer providing air conditioning and heating service in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 17 years, you can trust the expert technicians at Ortiz Heating & A/C for all your home comfort needs. Reduce allergy symptoms using the suggestions above, and enjoy better indoor air quality with the right system!