Do Pets Affect Your HVAC Performance? 

May 20, 2022 | Pets, Air Filter, Bexley, Blog, HVAC, Maintenance, OH, Ohio

If you have pets in your household, then you know how great of an addition your little furry family member is to your family. There’s nothing that can compare to the companionship of a beloved pet. But as a pet owner, you are probably also aware of the amount of loose fur and dander pets can shed. It’s one thing all pet owners willingly sign up for. But have you thought about the effect your pet’s hair can have on the performance of your HVAC system? Please, continue reading the following from your Bexley Heating & Cooling experts as we discuss several points about how pets can affect your HVAC system’s performance.

Did You Know Pet Fur & Dander Can Clog Your Air Filters? 

Your HVAC system’s air filter’s job is to catch and hold airborne particles and pollutants. Your pet’s fur and dander are no exception. Unfortunately, pet hair can lead to clogged air filters when coupled with dust and other airborne particles. Therefore, you must inspect your air filters frequently. A general rule is to replace your air filters every 1-2 months. However, every household is different, and depending on the number of pets in your home, you may want to check them more often. Remember, clogged air filters negatively affect your HVAC system’s efficiency as well as decrease the indoor air quality in your home, so be sure to change them as suggested!

With that being said, HEPA air filters are a fantastic option for homeowners with pets. These are still air filters that you use and replace as normal, but they are known for their high-efficiency rate. A HEPA air filter can remove up to 99.97% of bacteria, pollen, particles, and other pollutants from the air. So, this may be a good option for you to consider using! 

Have You Considered Using an Air Purifier?

Another great option is using an air purifier in your home. There are also HEPA air purifiers available on the market that greatly help reduce the amount of pet dander in a home. It will, of course, raise the IAQ (indoor air quality) within your home and, as a plus, can help relieve any family members who may suffer from allergies or have a respiratory condition.

Do You Dust the Vents & Registers Regularly?

Don’t forget about those vents and registers! Vents and registers are often overlooked, but you don’t want to allow dust and pet hair to build up and cause airflow problems. Stay on top of this by keeping vents and registers wiped down. If necessary, you can also use a vacuum to clean and get any stubborn lingering dust particles in between the slats.

When Was the Last Time You’ve Had Your Ducts Cleaned?

Typically, ductwork should be professionally cleaned every 3-5 years. But, again, this is situational, depending on each home. Over the years, dust, pet hair, and other loose debris can fall through the vents and registers and accumulate. IAQ is negatively affected when this occurs, and you may start to see short-term side effects due to poor indoor air quality. So, if you can’t remember the last time you have had this service done for your air ducts, it may be time to have this done soon. Feel free to call us to confirm if this is a service we are offering at this time!

Pets are truly priceless members of our families! With regular pet grooming, dusting, and vacuuming, you can help decrease pet fur’s adverse effects on your HVAC system. If you have any questions or concerns about your HVAC system, allow Bexley Heating & Cooling to assist you with your HVAC needs! You can reach us at (614) 924-7856 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!