Pet Hair & Your HVAC System
Do you have pets? If you do, then your air filters are doing their best to keep pet hair and pet dander out of the air in your home. One of the best ways to keep the air in your home healthy is to keep your filters fresh. By replacing your filters on a regular basis, you can prevent contaminants from infiltrating and protect equipment from the build-up of debris.
If dust or debris builds up, your system may misinterpret the room temperature. This will force your equipment to work harder, run longer, and can shorten the lifespan of your equipment by many years. Poor conditions will lead to high utility bills and system breakdowns, which will result in expensive repairs or replacements.
Use the following tips to assist your system in the fight against pet hair and dander buildup:
The first step in reducing pet hair build-up is regularly changing your air filter. Your HVAC system’s job is to fill your home with conditioned air. It also draws in stale air from the room to re-condition at a later time. If your air filter is dirty, it will be unable to differentiate, and will pull in all of the contaminants, like dust and dander, back into your system with the stale air. Without clean filters, pet hair will clog your filter and hinder your system’s efficiency.
Ductwork is one of the components that can be hit the hardest by dander, the microscopic flakes of skin shed by cats and dogs. The magnetic properties of metal ductwork attract pet hair and dander molecules. Without proper filtration, your HVAC will turn on and blow dander and hair through the system, which means it could end up in your family lungs.
This is an especially important factor for people with allergies, because dander is what most people are allergic to. Clean air filters prevent health problems, like allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues before they affect your family.
As we said before, the best way to eliminate pet hair and dander from the air is regularly changing your air filters. But, there is another way, by grooming your pets on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Brushing and bathing more often will reduce shedding, eliminating pet hair and dander from your home right away.
At GLADD, we treat pets like part of your family. Keep yours healthy by staying up to date with regular maintenance. Call us to schedule an appointment today!