With over 10% of the US being affected by cat or dog allergies, it comes to no one’s surprise that air filtration is in high demand. Air filters provide relief from the sneezing, breathing problems, or even skin rashes that might occur, allowing for owners with pet allergies to coexist.
HEPA filters or air purifiers might be enough to counteract these symptoms and yet most people are unaware of how they work and what exactly it is that they filter.
Pet fur is the one that people blame first due to how visible it is, but the actual culprit is something you cannot see with the naked eye.
Pet dander contains secretions from saliva or skin glands that gather and are shed from dead skin. These flakes are then airborne, and while they can remain in the air, they can also cover any area in the home like furniture, carpets, as well as walls and curtains.
Pet hair is surprisingly not to blame for these allergy symptoms. In fact, it’s the dander that your dogs, cats, or other pets might produce that causes the teary eyes, stuffy nose, or itchiness in the eyes. This contains allergens that result in an allergic reaction with teary eyes, stuffy nose, or itchiness in the eyes.
Pet dander itself is small and hard to see with the naked eye. A special unit of measurement is used called a micron, which is roughly 1/25,400 of an inch. Naturally, the size results in it being hard to be captured by normal ACs with most being able only to manage materials that are 10 microns big or larger.
This small substance is the one to blame for all of the sneezing, requiring the use of air filtration such as a HEPA filter or an purifier to clean up the air.
It’s the immune system’s job to keep you safe from any foreign substances that might arise. While it does a good job of keeping the body safe most of the time, allergies come as a result of the body reacting to completely harmless proteins.
Some symptoms you might have might include congestion, runny nose, wheezing, as well as rashes. For those with asthma, the allergens might make breathing hard and affect your respiratory system in a harsh way.
Air Filtration Basics
Air filtration is naturally the first choice for many. It provides a source of clean, filtered air that can drastically reduce allergy reactions to airborne pet dander.
High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters, often known as HEPA filters, are the most popular option of air filtration due to how it works. The fine sieve is more effective in catching the micron sized allergens and in return provide filtered air that is clean to breathe without any problem.
While it might not remove what is currently on other surfaces, air filtration can be used together with some household cleaning to provide a drastic drop in pet dander. If done on a regular basis this can be an effective solution for many.
Do I have to get rid of my pets?
While pets might be a cause of these irritable symptoms, it could be even harder to get rid of your faithful companion. Thankfully, there are solutions alongside air filtration to avoid doing this:
– Keep your pet out of your bedroom
It’s no surprise that bedrooms are usually the places where we spend one-third of our day. By keeping your pet out of the bedroom, you’ll have a room in the house where you can breathe clearly. This is especially recommended for those who suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma or allergies.
Keeping your pets off furniture or carpets will allow you to lower the pet dander spread to a minimum.
– Clean frequently
By using a dust mask, vacuuming regularly, removing carpet that could house some allergens, as well as scrubbing the walls you’ll be able to lower the likelihood of experiencing reactions. This in combination with air filters, such as HEPA filters, removes a large percentage of the allergens that would affect you.
A good rule of thumb is to keep the surfaces bare to avoid any unseen pet dander from ruining your day.
– Talk to an allergist
When in doubt allergists can help with the use of medicine and other methods like immunotherapy. These could help reduce the reactions to your pet’s dander and provide you with an easier way of controlling your reactions.
Our focus on indoor air quality improvement provides you an option to have clean air circulating in your house. Whether it be pet dander, dust, or VOCs, contact us today to have air filtration added to your home.