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Controlling Allergy Symptoms Caused by Pets

Many people are allergic to pet dander, which consists of tiny flecks of skin that cats, dogs, rodents, and birds lose along with their fur or feathers. The most common symptoms are sneezing, watery eyes, rashes, and trouble breathing. Even if you don’t have pets, you could be allergic to pet dander that clings to furniture, carpets, and clothes of those with pets. You can control allergy symptoms caused by pets by cleaning regularly, using an air purifier, keeping pets away from your bedroom, and maintaining the HVAC system in your Foley, Alabama, home.

Clean Regularly

Even if you’re not allergic to pet dander, pets that go outside can bring pollen, mold, dust, dirt, and other allergens into your home. You can reduce pet dander and other contaminants by cleaning regularly. Dust twice per week with a damp cloth and remember to clean hard surfaces like walls. Have your carpets steam-cleaned often and vacuum every day. You should also wash blankets and pets’ toys often and clean your clean air registers and ceiling fans.

You can make sure your ductwork is clean by removing an air register and checking for dust, dirt, cobwebs, mold, or insect droppings. If you see any of these, have your ducts cleaned by a professional to keep pet dander from spreading through your home as well. If you have cats or dogs, brush them outside every day and bathe them once per week. If several of your family members have allergies, take pets to a professional groomer instead. You should also wash your hands and change your clothes after playing with pets if you have allergies.

Use an Air Purifier

An air purifier can supplement the air filter in your HVAC system and make your indoor air healthier. You can use a less-expensive portable unit in the rooms where your pets spend the most time or have a whole-house system installed by a professional. Air purifiers with higher MERVs (minimum efficiency reporting values) have better filters, and some can even remove viruses and bacteria.

Keep Pets Away from Your Bedroom

Don’t let pets sit on carpeting or furniture, and keep them away from your bedroom. Dander and pet hair can become easily embedded in your carpet and bedding. Apart from aggravating respiratory problems in general, this can also make it difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep.

You should definitely not allow pets in your bed. Instead, buy a bed for your cat or dog and wash it every week. Keep your bedroom door closed at all times.

Maintain Your HVAC System

You should change your air filters at least once per month to improve your indoor air quality and reduce the amount of pet dander in your home. A dirty filter can spread contaminants through your home instead of removing them, and it could increase your utility bills and shorten your system’s life. When you change your air filter, wear a mask and gloves, and seal the old filter in a plastic bag to protect yourself from allergens.

Simple tasks like these are your responsibility, but professional service is needed for more in-depth and effective solutions. Have your HVAC system maintained by a professional twice per year to prevent problems or breakdowns that could harm your air quality and make your allergies worse. Annual inspections are an effective way to identify and fix problems like leaky ductwork.

Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 50 years of experience. We can help you to install, maintain, and repair a range of HVAC equipment to control allergy symptoms caused by pets. If you have any questions, call us anytime at 251-476-3610 for expert service. We provide experienced indoor air quality services to improve comfort and air conditioning performance throughout the year.

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3 Efficient HVAC Systems

efficient HVAC systems

A newer, more efficient heating and air conditioning system will lower the utility bills for your Fairhope, Alabama, home and help the environment. Replacing a system that’s more than 10 years old will also prevent expensive, uncomfortable breakdowns. Some of the most efficient types of HVAC systems that will make a great difference in comfort and savings include geothermal, ductless, and packaged units.

Geothermal Systems

Geothermal heat pumps use the constant temperatures below the ground to heat and cool your home. They transfer heat inside during cold weather and outside when it’s warmer using underground pipes filled with water or refrigerant. Geothermal HVAC systems use less energy than standard furnaces because they move heat rather than produce it. Many geothermal systems such as the ComfortTM Geothermal Heat Pump GB also work as efficient water heaters.

Ductless Heating and Cooling

Ductless or mini-split HVAC systems have one or more indoor units that hang on walls or ceilings, connected to an outdoor condenser or compressor by a narrow conduit. Ductless systems are more efficient than standard systems because they don’t have to move air through ducts. These HVAC systems often have a thermostat for each indoor unit so you can adjust the temperatures in different areas independently and avoid conditioning empty rooms. Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. offers efficient models such as the ultra-quiet Infinity Residential Ductless Multi-Zone Heat Pump System 38GJQ/40GJ that can effectively serve your heating and cooling needs.

Packaged HVAC Systems

Packaged HVAC systems come from the factory assembled in a compact casing, so installation is faster and easier. They come in several sizes, and you can use more than one unit to control separate zones, similar to a ductless system with zoning. You can choose a wall-mounted, window, or rooftop unit that’s more efficient than a conventional system with indoor and outdoor components. The Performance™ 14 Packaged Air Conditioner System 50VL-A is just one of many units that might fit your budget and your home’s unique HVAC needs.

Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you decide which type of HVAC system would be best for you and your family. We can install, maintain, and repair a range of heating and air conditioning systems and equipment. Call us anytime at 251-476-3610 for expert service.

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3 Ways to Make Your Home Office More Comfortable

Woman at Office

With a home office in Mobile, Alabama, you can tailor your workspace to maximize your productivity. Allergies, asthma, or irritated sinuses make it difficult to concentrate, and poor indoor air quality can make these problems worse. Bad air can also cause headaches and fatigue. To make your home office more comfortable and get more work done, add plants, clean your home often, and maintain your HVAC system.

Add Plants

Indoor plants can make your home office look more welcoming, lower stress, and improve your indoor air quality. Many plants can absorb harmful pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde. However, you shouldn’t keep more than a few plants in one room. Too many plants can increase your humidity and make your home office feel warm and stuffy.

Clean Often

You should clean your home often to promote high indoor air quality. A clean, organized home office also helps you to focus on your work. Clean your air registers with a damp cloth and wash your kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans every three months. Just turn off the power, remove the covers from the fans, and clean them with soap and water. You can reduce household dust and dust mites by dusting and vacuuming regularly.

Maintain Your HVAC System

To prevent an inconvenient breakdown that could keep you from getting your work done, have your HVAC system inspected by a professional twice per year. Regular maintenance also keeps your heater and air conditioner running efficiently and prevents uncomfortable warm spots or drafts. Change your HVAC system’s air filter as required to make sure your indoor air quality stays at a high level and to help you save energy. Dirty filters can’t remove allergens, and they can spread dust, dirt, mold, and other contaminants through your ductwork and the rest of your home.

Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. has more than 50 years of experience. We can install, maintain, and repair a variety of heating and air conditioning equipment to make your home office and all the other rooms in your home more comfortable. Call us anytime at 251-476-3610 for reliable and expert service.