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How Your Pet Is Affecting Your Home's HVAC System

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While we all love our pets, the truth is they can wreak havoc on the home’s HVAC system, requiring some serious troubleshooting and problem solving to get the indoor environment healthy again. Pet hair and dander can negatively impact indoor air quality and overall comfort. However, most pet lovers will agree that there has to be a way to live in harmony with beloved pets and a well-working HVAC system.

Are you worried your pets might be causing issues with your home’s heating and cooling? Let’s take a look at two common ways pets affect your HVAC along with some troubleshooting and problem solving tips to help take care of the problem:

Problem #1: Air filters get clogged with pet hair.

Whether you have a shorthaired terrier or a longhaired Persian cat, pet hair is going to leave the pet and get on the surfaces in your home and into the air. When your HVAC system takes in the air through the filter, the pet hair can clog it up in no time. This hair jam makes your air filter much less effective, making your HVAC system work harder than it should.

Solution: Regular filter changes can ensure the pet hair doesn’t slow down your system, which will enable it to run optimally and keep your air clean and hair-free.

Problem #2: Pet Dander clogs the filter AND circulates through your HVAC system.

Maybe you have allergies. Maybe you don’t. But either way, you do not want to be breathing in pet dander! When you have pets, you will be dealing with pet dander circulating through the air and through your HVAC. Without proper maintenance and air filter changes, this can be a major health concern. Of course, if you or someone in your home has allergies, this can be a serious risk.

Solution: Regular air filter changes and an air purifier can keep your air clean, minimizing the effects of pet dander.

There’s no need to settle for less than clean, healthy air and a well-working HVAC system, even if you have pets in the home. Contact our team of friendly experts at Brummitt Heating & Cooling today to get more troubleshooting and problem-solving tips, or to schedule an appointment for service today.