AC has become a staple in most households today, and with good reason. The effects of climate change, for one, has brought about hotter summers which can get extremely uncomfortable without an AC.
Aside from comfort, a good AC can remove indoor pollutants ensuring good health for both you and your pet.
Your dog’s role in air quality
Pets and indoor air quality go hand in hand. Your dog sheds hair and skin cells around the clock. Having these particles as well as dust, smoke, gas fumes, and carpet fluff among others, floating in the air you breathe lowers overall air quality and impacts your health.
Some effects of indoor pollutants may show immediately while some will build up and become symptomatic over time. Irritation of the nose, eyes and throat, fatigue, dizziness, and headaches are some of the short-term effects. Taking away these pollutants can ease the symptoms immediately.
It is the long-term effects that you should be more concerned about as they can lead to respiratory diseases, heart disease, and even cancer.
Scientists agree that when air quality is bad for humans, it’s equally bad for dogs too. Pet health is also affected by poor air quality. However, some dogs are affected more than others. Dogs with asthma or bronchitis; brachycephalic dogs like bulldogs, Boston terriers, and Pugs; as well as puppies and senior dogs tend to feel the effects more.
How can you tell if you have poor air quality?
The easiest way to determine indoor air quality would be to call in a professional to do an assessment, but you could also choose to conduct an evaluation on your own. Here are a few pointers if DIY is more your speed:
- Is any member of your household or your dog experiencing allergic reactions or an aggravation of existing allergies? If you answer in the affirmative, then this is an indication that your air quality is compromised.
- Are there any sources of pollution inside your home? These could be dust and fumes from living on a busy street or even indoor smoke. While having a source of pollution does not out rightly mean you have bad air quality, it can be a cause of it in future.
- Is the ventilation in your home sufficient? To answer this question consider the following:
- Is there condensed moisture on windows and walls?
- Is the air smelly or stuffy?
- Is your cooling equipment dirty?
- Is there mold on shoes, handbags and books?
In the event that you are able to spot these, then you should start thinking about how to improve your ventilation.
What can you do to protect your family and your dog?
Once you know what to look out for, the next step is to figure out how to get around it and ensure that your family, including your pawed member is well taken care of. Here are a few things to implement in your home for better air quality:
The simplest way to improve ventilation is by opening doors and windows. This will allow cross flows that improves circulation around the house.
- Wash your furry friend regularly
Washing your dog often will help reduce shedding and cut down on dander. This will reduce the amount of dander circulating in the air you breathe.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
HEPA filters are designed to trap a large array of allergens as you clean. These include pollen, mold, spores, pet dander, fur, dust. This gives your entire family better air and keeps allergies at bay, or under control.
- Good Air Conditioning system
This is the ultimate go-to for clean indoor air. It takes little effort on your part, and can be used year round. Also for houses where opening windows is not an option, the AC system is still a viable alternative. For dog owners, you may notice that your filter clogs faster than usual. With dog fur and dander in the air, your system is working overtime to maintain good indoor air quality, to ensure both you and your pet’s health is taken care of. To maintain efficiency, ensure that you change the filters regularly. During the summer months, when you use your system more, check your filters for clogging every month without fail. If your air is “smelly” or “stuffy” you might also consider purchasing an air purifier for pets.
Another way of ensuring your HVAC systems works optimally is by regular maintenance service.
With these tips, you know what to look out for, as well as what to do to ensure your dog stays happy and healthy throughout the year. Aside from enjoying a better quality of life, you should note good pet health and as a result fewer trips to the veterinarian. We hope you enjoyed this article and it helps with your dogs health.