Bringing pets into our homes never fails to bring a strong sense of well-being and joy into our lives. However, pet dander can bring a slew of unexpected problems you perhaps never thought could happen.
Did you know pet dander affects how dirty your HVAC filter becomes? It's more than just that, including affecting your health in various ways.
It's all the more reason to use a service to change your filters often to prevent dealing with severe pet dander allergies. We can help with our new product the Dust Goblin.
How Can Pet Dander Make YourFilters Dirty?
Believe it or not, pets create their own type of dust and pet dander that get into your HVAC's air filter. This is going to make your filter become dirtier faster, hence forcing you to replace it more often than you may want to.
Having to change your filter every few months may sound like an annoyance. Yet, you can make it easier when having the right service available to ship filters that hold more dust than what's typical.
Any avoidance of cleaning or replacing your filters at least every few months could breed a reservoir for contamination. If you're one already dealing with allergies, this could make things even worse.
Before you buy your new filters, though, you'll want to see how pet dander affects health in general.
Defining What Pet Dander Is
Some of you who recently adopted a pet for the first time might not have complete awareness of how serious pet dander could become.
As the American Lung Association says, it's "tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds, and other animals with fur or feathers."
Proteins found in saliva, urine, and feces from cats and dogs could also create a form of pet dander that you breathe in. All of this could cause serious allergic reactions, including triggering asthma.
The ALA above says most of this pet dander comes from dogs (32%), with cats making up 27%.
Typical Symptoms of Pet Dander
While you might expect usual allergy symptoms with pet dander, you'll want to know more details to scope out whether it's truly a problem.
One thing to know is that pet dander could easily stick to walls, furniture, or clothes for months. As a result, you may start experiencing eye redness, itching, or even swelling. What's worse is when these allergens move into your lungs.
Anyone with asthma could end up having a serious attack requiring hospitalization. So, clearly, you need to take more seriously what you can't see around your pets.
Some Practical Ways to Avoid Pet Allergies
Of course, the simple way is to avoid having your pets in certain rooms where you could experience symptoms. Using bare floors and walls are also a good practical way to avoid pet dander particles sticking to furniture or other items.
During times when you vacuum, it's a good idea to wear a dust mask so you don't breathe in these particles while cleaning house. Using a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner helps as well.
Covering bedroom vents with dense filtering material like cheesecloth can help to some extent. Nevertheless, changing your HVAC filter regularly is where you'll see the best results.
Making Filter Shipping Easy
At Dust Goblin, we've set up a convenient system to ship you the right size filter at the right times. Through our subscription plans, we'll send a reminder when it's time to change your filters. Or you can place orders without a subscription also.
All filters are priced starting at $8.75, making this a competitively affordable way to keep you and other family members healthy at home.
Checkout our filters here.