Dog and cat owners alike argue that their pet is part of the family. Unfortunately, your pet is compromising your indoor air quality (and making you sick). How does your pet affect your indoor air quality in your Rogers, Arkansas home?

Pet hair is a breeding place for air pollutants. Scratchy eyes, wheezing and inflamed nasal membranes are just a few symptoms that your air is contaminated. Even if you aren’t allergic to pets, your dog or cat can affect your indoor air and health.

Pet Hair: Carrier of Pollen, Saliva and Dust

Pet hair is wrongly blamed for allergies and asthma — it’s the pet’s dander that is an allergen. Pet hair, on its own, doesn’t cause air contamination. However, pet hair is a breeding ground for allergens and air pollutants.

Pollen, dust and dander collect in your pet’s hair and pollute your home’s air. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recognizes biological pollutants as a primary cause of indoor air hazards. Biological pollutants  —  mildew, bacteria and droppings from rodents and insects  — can migrate from the outside into your home on your pet’s hair.

Health hazards due to indoor air pollutants

Pollen, dust mites and bacteria hide on your pet’s hair as airborne particles. Even an indoor cat can be a carrier for biological pollutants collecting on its hair. The pollutants degrade the quality of the air your family breathes.

Poor air quality is a primary cause of respiratory problems. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the airborne particles that collect in pet hair cause a range of respiratory problems. Primarily, asthma and allergies are the health problems caused by indoor air pollution.

Wheezing, struggling to catch your breath and burning, itchy eyes are a few symptoms of indoor air pollution. Learn how you can improve your home’s air quality from one of our experts at George’s Refrigeration & Heating. We serve communities in Rogers, Arkansas and the Northwest Arkansas region.