Craig’s Services Pet Names for Indoor Air Quality
Show Your Pets Some Love with Improved IAQ.
We call them “honey”, “wittle sweetie”, and talk to them like babies. At Craig’s Services, our employees’ pets are basically part of the family tree! As Bountiful, Utah’s HVAC specialists, our business is largely centered around IAQ (indoor air quality), and keeping our customers comfortable in every season, free of the dander and allergens originating from furry family members. But what about the comfort and health of the fur-babies themselves? We know that poor air-quality affects us humans, and that sometimes our air quality is affected by our pets, but how does poor air quality affect our pets?
Air-pollution in our homes comes from many sources. It’s a combination of outside pollutants tracked in on our shoes and clothes, and through open windows/doors, such as fumes from vehicles, fuels, livestock, construction sites, trips through Target, and indoor pollutants, like smoke, wood burning stoves and fireplaces, household chemicals, and pet dander. All are inhaled by the residents of your home, including your pets.
Add the fact that pets spend their time much closer to the floor, and you’ll quickly understand how their exposure to pollutants increases. Herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, cigarette smoke, cleaning solvents, and everything brought in from the outside, are closer to the air our pets breathe than it is to our own (which is already significant!) Not surprisingly, in a 2011 study, cats living in a smoking household had reduced lung-function compared to smoke-free homes, and dogs exposed to smoke, cleaning products, and the aforementioned list of IAQ offenders, had increased instances of cancer of the lungs, bladder, nasal passage, and mesothelioma.
In addition to activating allergies in humans, cats and dogs can also be allergic to their own dander. An article in National Geographic states, “pets can suffer from many of the same allergens that make humans miserable”. The most common signs of allergic reaction in dogs is itchy skin and inflammation, sneezing, and a runny nose. Cats tend to show symptoms such as little scabs or missing hair around their head and neck. While the vet usually rules out food allergies first, the pet dander test is next in line.
What can you do to reduce your pets’ exposure to poor IAQ? Well, in many ways, that’s where we come in. In addition to choosing pet-safe cleaning products, vacuuming frequently, growing a healthy, less-toxic lawn/garden, and walking your pets in less-trafficked, more natural areas, when possible, you can also make sure your air-filters are changed and your ducts are cleaned regularly, and consider an IAQ solution. Our services are vast, and include HVAC service, repair, installation, and maintenance, IAQ testing and free estimates. (In addition, we also offer plumbing services, tankless water heaters, home generators, and water softeners.)