They’ll Help You Breathe Better, Too
Pets enrich our lives in ways we can never fully reciprocate. Their unconditional love and utter devotion are just two of the many ways they make our lives better—each and every day. They simply just give and give and never expect anything in return, well, except maybe a few belly rubs now and then. Of course, there is one thing they do give us on a daily basis that isn’t always so wonderful—endless pet hair that floats through our indoor air! If you own a pet, then it’s time to listen up—because your indoor air needs some TLC. Stat!
Love Thy Pets—and Thy Indoor Air, Too!
Spring is the time of year that gives us budding trees, colorful gardens and, yep, shedding pets. If spring shedding season is taking its toll on your family’s indoor comfort, we’ve got five tips that will allow everyone to live in harmony—and help reduce that extra shedding, too.
1. Double up on the filter changes.
Homeowners know to replace their filters with the change in seasons. But during shedding season, it’s important to double up on those changes. Here’s why: Excessive shedding from Fluffy or Fido can actually clog filters, making them work overtime and impeding your cooling system’s smooth operation. Sometimes, these warnings are on your manufacturer’s filter instructions, recommending you change filters twice as often to avoid the need for future AC repairs.
2. Groom your pets.
Brushing and combing your pets on a daily basis help remove loose hair and other dander that can invade your indoor air. Along with daily combing, you should practice weekly de-shedding. Simply invest in the proper grooming tools (specialized combs) that remove your pet’s undercoat before it starts shedding. Lastly, consider bathing your loyal friend once a month to help cut back on shedding. Because too much bathing can cause dry, flaky skin, ask your vet how often you should bathe your pet.
3. Buy your pets their own beds.
If you’re sensitive to seasonal allergies, consider purchasing your dogs or cats their own beds—keeping them out of yours. The extra dirt and allergens your pets can attract from outdoors often make their way inside your home. If you’re sensitive to outdoor allergies and your pets carry them on their coats, you could end up sneezing up a storm while they’re snuggling up in bed with you.
4. Invest in a whole-home air quality system.
This is the best option to ensure your family has the very best indoor air quality. It can be installed directly into your HVAC system and provide clean, fresh, healthy air 24/7! The team at Miller’s offers air purifiers, air cleaners and UV light filtration systems that not only help filter out allergens, dander and pet hair, but also eliminate other bacteria and viruses.
5. Be a conscientious cleaner.
If you own dogs or cats, you most likely went into pet ownership knowing you’d be dealing with excessive pet hair. So, the best way to deal with it is to always keep a clean house. When you vacuum and dust on a regular basis, you can easily cut back on the extra hair that accumulates in your air.
A Little Extra Hair Is Worth It
For all the love and affection our pets give us all year long, a little extra shedding seems like a fair price to pay. But it’s refreshing to know there are simple tricks that help reduce the adverse effects of shedding. Want to know what else is refreshing? Knowing as a homeowner that you can rely on the team of HVAC pros at Miller’s to help with all of your cooling needs. From central AC replacements to ductless AC systems, we’re always here to make sure you never lose your cool.