How Pets Impact HVAC Efficiency

For many people in the Benton, Louisiana, area, pets are part of the family, but the presence of your furry friends can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. The good news is that you don’t have to give up your pets to enjoy clean air. Instead, you’ll just need to take a few extra steps.

Pet Hair in the Filter

Whether you have cats, dogs, or both, domesticated animals tend to shed. This is more prevalent during the summer months, and the hair will clog up your HVAC system. The filter within your heating and cooling unit helps to keep pet hair out of the system, but if it becomes overloaded, you’ll end up with fur in the ducts. As more builds up within those ducts, less air is able to move through, so your system has to work harder to achieve the same end goal.

You can tackle this problem by having your ducts cleaned out routinely and brushing your pets more often to reduce shedding. It’s also important to replace your filter often to make sure that it can do its job properly.

Dander and Allergies 

Many people suffer from spring and winter allergies due to animal dander. These tiny flakes are impossible to see but will get into your HVAC system through shedding of hair and skin. If your HVAC filter is dirty, it won’t be able to keep the dander from moving into the ducts and back through the vents.  As the air recirculates every time your HVAC system turns on, small traces of dander can move through the vents and cause allergic reactions. 

Add a Purifier

Instead of saying goodbye to Fluffy and Fido, invest in an air purifier that can get rid of these allergens. Air purifiers are made to eliminate pet hair, pollen, dander, and a variety of other tiny particles from the air in your home, allowing you and your family to breathe easier while relaxing on the couch with your furry friends.

If you’re looking for solutions to pet-related HVAC problems, contact us at Pioneer Comfort Systems at 318-795-8000.

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