Allergies and Pet Dander and Dust Mites - Oh My!

Air quality discussion in the media tends to focus on outdoor air quality impacted by vehicle emissions and other forms of transportation, but a 2018 study revealed that people today spend about 80% of their lives inside, meaning that we should all pay closer attention to indoor air quality. In Florida, warm temperatures make our homes our summertime (and sometimes year-round) sanctuaries, keeping our families comfortable and cool, but there are a number of factors, such as pets and dust that can aggravate allergies and degrade indoor air quality.

Pet Fur, Hair and Feathers Negatively Affect Your Indoor Air Quality

Pet dander from our furry best friends, cats, and dogs (or even birds), can impact indoor air quality. During warmer times of the year, animals have different methods of cooling down. For example, cats groom themselves more, which can lead to an increased number of furballs floating across the floors in your home. Without proper air filtration, the buildup of pet dander can lead to unpleasant odors in your house and wreak havoc on family members and visitors with allergies.

House Dust Is Disgusting

There’s no other way to put it - house dust is disgusting. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), house dust is composed of dust mites, tiny particles from cockroaches, mold, pollen and the above-mentioned animal fur. Particles from each of these components can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation and breathing complications. In fact, the ACAAI noted dust mites as a common cause of asthma in children. Vacuuming seems like a simple enough solution to combat house dust, but dust mites, in particular, remain airborne as you vacuum and only settle once the air stills. Air purifiers can help, but if your house’s ventilation system is not functioning properly, vacuums and air purifiers are like small bandaids on a bullethole.

Breathe Easier With Help From Our Gainsville Indoor Air Quality Experts

The unsettling fact about house dust is that it can be plentifully present in homes that appear to be very clean. Some homeowners only notice a problem when they experience dust allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, itchy skin, a runny or stuffy nose, or wheezing or coughing. Additionally, other factors like gas buildup from stove or oven use can also threaten your home’s indoor air quality. At Mid-Florida Heating & Air, our skilled and dependable HVAC specialists have more than 30 years of experience providing indoor air quality services for homeowners throughout North Central Florida. We conduct air quality tests and after a full assessment, select the best tools, including air purification and filtration systems, UV lamps, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers, to create a healthy indoor environment for you, your family and guests. Call us today at (352) 310-0022 for a consultation!


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