As animals lovers ourselves, we at Airrific Air Conditioning and Heating, understand having a pet that is part of the family. When you love your pet like a family member, you want them to live alongside you in your home. Unfortunately, pet dander and pet hair can become caught it in your HVAC system and cause problems. Regularly changing your air filter is recommended in homes with one or more pets.
How Pet Hair Affects Your HVAC System
Even if your pet has short hair, their fur and dander can build up in your air filters. When your air conditioner or heater blows air through your home, it sucks up the air in the home. If your home is filled with pet hair, animal dander or other contaminants, they can end up clogging your filter. A clogged filter forces your HVAC system to work harder to provide you with heated or chilled air. When your system is forced to work harder, it pulls more electricity and increases your utility bill.
Keep Your Air Clean
One way to manage the amount of pet hair and dander pulled into your HVAC system is to give your pet regular baths and brushings. The baths will ensure the shedding and dander stay in the tub and not the air. Also, regularly brushing your pet, especially as their winter coat sheds, will ensure their hair is trapped in the brush and not your air filter.
Another solution is to invest in an air purifier. These machines are designed to remove dust, pet hair and dander from the air, maintaining optimal air quality inside your home. Finally, make sure to change your air filters every 30-60 days to ensure your HVAC system is at peak performance.
If you’ve followed these steps and you still your HVAC system is not operating correctly, it may be time to have your ducts cleaned.
Call our Sarasota AC maintenance team to schedule a service call.