How Pet Hair Affects Your HVAC System

How Pet Hair Affects Your HVAC System

Whether you have pets or not, it’s to your advantage to make sure that the air filters in your home are clean. The air filters play a very important role in the entire HVAC system, including helping to filter through that pet hair and pet dander.

Your air filters help prevent contaminants from entering into your system’s air distribution and also protect the HVAC equipment from dust buildup. Dirty or clogged air filters cause your system to work harder and run longer. These conditions cause both higher energy bills and can also lead to system malfunctions.

Problems with Pet Hair

Regularly changing your air filter if you have pets is a must! When your system blows conditioned air into a room, it also sucks up the stale air to re-condition for later use. Contaminants, such as dust and dander end up being sucked in along with the stale air. Even if you have a pet with short hair, it doesn’t take long for pet hair to clog up your filter and hinder your system’s efficiency.

With Hair Comes Dander

Most pet owners are aware of how easily pet hair can clog up an air filter, but some may forget about pet dander.

Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic flakes of skin shed by cats and dogs.  Many people are allergic to dander, and suffer as a result of poorly cleaned air filters which become inundated with pet hair and dander.

Duct work is made of metal, which causes it to attract pet hair and dander. When the furnace or cooler turns on, a little of the mixture of dander and hair blows through the system, and you and your family end up breathing it in.

How to Remove Pet Hair from the Air

In order to help eliminate excess pet hair from the air, make sure to give your pet regular baths. This will help to keep the shedding in check and keep the hair in the tub rather than in the air. You may also want to invest in an air purifier, which are made to remove pollen, pet hair and other particles from the air. A purifier can safely run at all times of the day in order to keep your home’s air hair-free.

Make sure to follow these helpful tips in order to keep the air in your home fresh and clean. At Climate Design, we know your pets are a part of your family, and we want to do everything possible in order to keep all of your family members safe and healthy. Contact us today if you have more indoor air quality concerns.

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