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Do Pets Have an Effect on My Air Conditioning System?

by The Cooling Company, on Aug 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Your furry friends are part of the family: you feed them, provide water for them, play with them. In return, they give you lots of love. Unfortunately, they also give you loose pet hair and pet dander that can get inside the ductwork and filters of your HVAC system, affecting its efficiency.

picture of dog with hair blowing from air conditioner

This can cost you money in the form of higher energy bills and costly repairs if you fall behind in AC maintenance. It can also make you sick. If you or another family member suffers from allergies to pet hair or dander, it's important to clean or replace your air filters on a regular basis. This will help keep wayward contaminants manageable.

Related: Signs You May Have Poor Indoor Air Quality

Dangers of Pet Hair And Dander

As your HVAC system blows warm or cool air into your home, it also sucks unconditioned room air in, including any contaminants that are present. These contaminants enter the ductwork and may either settle there or be pushed back out into the room after passing through your unit's filters. A clean, well-maintained filter will catch and remove pet hair and dander, but a filter that needs cleaned or replaced may clog. This causes your HVAC unit to work harder than it should, which in turn, raises your monthly utility bill.

Related: Can Pets Affect When I Need to Change My Air Filter?

Additionally, metal ductwork that's overdue for cleaning is an ideal harbor for pet hair and dander. Contaminants settle here, and when your HVAC unit kicks on, these contaminants are pumped back inside your home for your family to breathe.

Tips for Managing Pet Contaminants

The most effective method of ensuring that pet contaminants inside your home are kept minimal is to have your HVAC unit inspected regularly. Maintain your filters and have your ductwork cleaned intermittently. But there are other preventive measures you can take as well:

  • Bathe and groom your pets regularly. This helps remove loose hair and dander before it can be sucked into your HVAC system.
  • Purchase an air purifier as supplemental protection. An air purifier can be an add-on attachment to your HVAC unit, or it can be a separate unit that operates independently. Air purifiers cycle the air in a room over and over againremoving more and more contaminants such as pet dander, cigarette smoke and mold spores with each pass.
  • Vacuum regularly. This helps to remove pet contaminants from soft surfaces such as carpets and furniture.
  • Consider replacing carpet with laminate, vinyl or tile. Hard floor surfaces are easier to clean and maintain than carpeting. You may also want to consider replacing loop pile carpeting with a cut pile alternative such as Berber.
  • Wash rugs and bedding often to help keep contaminants away.

If you're worried about the amount of pet hair and dander that may be circulating inside your home, contact us today to learn more about our inspection services. We also offer air filtration services. We are The Cooling Company, and our free online estimator is the perfect tool to help you better understand what you're up against. Or you can call us at 702-567-0707 for assistance. We proudly serve the Las Vegas area 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Let us help you rid your home of unwanted pet contaminants today.

Topics:Air Conditioning Tips

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