What Pet Owners Should Know about Indoor Air Quality

Do you consider your dogs, cats or other animals to be part of your family? Pets are an incredibly important part of many families in the greater Phoenix area. Yet, they can also impact your home’s indoor air quality.

Most individuals believe that animal allergies are triggered by pet hair Yet, the culprit is usually dander. Dogs, cats and other mammals produce dander which consists of tiny particles that drop from your pet’s skin and fur. To keep dander under control in a home, it’s important to prevent its buildup and to focus on maintaining your indoor air quality.

Bathing and Grooming

Cleaning your pet can help keep dander in check.  This means regular brushing and baths are in order. Follow recommendations from your veterinarian on the optimal schedule for these important tasks.


High quality food and lots of water (especially here in the dry desert climate) are also important for minimizing dander. A healthy coat and skin begins with a proper diet.

Air Filter

Expect to change your indoor air filters more often with pets. Ideally, these should be changed once a month or according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Check your filter on a regular basis and change or clean it if it looks dirty. Consider upgrading to a HEPA filter to catch more dander and fur that is being generated from your pets and circulating in your indoor air.

Consider a Whole-House Air Purifier

Even with diligent grooming, plenty of good food, and clean air filters, your home’s air can still have plenty of sneeze-inducing allergens caused by pets. If you have a family that suffers from allergies, asthma or other health issues, a whole-house air purifier is a smart solution.

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning, our technicians can test your air and determine what type of particulates are circulating inside your home and whether an air purifier would be a wise decision. Installation is quick to enable you to begin enjoying clean, fresh air right away.

Call us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule an appointment.