allergy symptoms caused by pets

How to Reduce Allergy Symptoms Caused by Pets

January 18, 2017

Pets make fun, friendly companions, but they can also be a source of allergens. Cats, dogs, birds, and rodents produce pet dander, which is dead skin that can trigger your allergies. Pet saliva causes allergies as well, especially when it’s from cats. The most common allergy symptoms are sneezing, trouble breathing, rashes and watery eyes. Some people have pets for several months before problems start. You can reduce pet allergy symptoms by cleaning your Charleston, South Carolina, home regularly, using a humidifier and maintaining your HVAC system.

Clean the House

Pet dander can cling to carpets, furniture and clothing, so keeping these items clean can reduce your allergy symptoms. Pets that go outside can also bring pollen, dust, dirt, mold and other allergens into your home. Dust twice per week with a damp cloth, have your carpets steam-cleaned often, and vacuum every day. You should also wash pets, pet blankets and toys. Take your pets to a professional groomer regularly. For better results, keep them out of bedrooms.

Use a Humidifier

Your furnace can dry out the air inside your home, irritate your sinuses and make your allergy symptoms worse. Dry air also damages wood floors and causes static electricity that harms electronics. With a humidifier, you add moisture to the air so your home feels comfortable, and you alleviate allergy symptoms as well.

Maintain Your HVAC System

To save energy and keep your indoor air quality high, change or clean your HVAC system’s air filter as recommended by the manufacturer. If you have allergies, wear a mask and gloves when you change your filter and throw it away in a sealable plastic bag for extra protection. Annual inspection of your heating and cooling systems by a professional will ensure optimal air quality and even extend the life of these units.

Berkeley Heating & Air Conditioning is the oldest Carrier dealer and contractor in Charleston, with more than 50 years of HVAC experience. We can install, maintain and repair a range of HVAC equipment. Call us at (843) 277-6030 for more information about improving your indoor air quality.

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