Pet-Friendly Homes: HVAC Tips

Pet-Friendly Homes: HVAC TipsWe all love our furry, four-legged family members but they can wreak havoc on our homes. That includes your expensive HVAC system. Read on and learn how you can minimize problems with the HVAC system in homes with pets.

Air Filter

The air filter is your HVAC system’s best defense against myriad airborne pollutants that not only could be recirculated in your home’s air supply, but also could have a negative impact on the workings of your HVAC’s components. A good quality air filter, changed regularly, will keep such pollutants as pollen, dirt, dust mites, pet dander and pet hair from being drawn into the system along with the return air.

Airborne pollutants that enter the system can create a layer of dirt that causes friction and makes the parts work harder to produce clean air. Further, your filter is likely to get dirty sooner with one or more shedding pets in the home. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make your HVAC system work less efficiently.

Further, because pet dander is a major allergen, some people may be affected when the microscopic particles of pet dander are drawn into the system and recirculated in the home’s supply air.

Prevent all three situations by using a good quality HVAC filter, and changing it at least according to the manufacturer’s recommendations — possibly more often if you have more than one shedding pet in the home.

Other Issues

Pets can cause problems with your HVAC system in other ways, such as these:

  • Male dogs often lift their legs when they urinate to mark territory. One of the most favored spots in your backyard for Fido could be your air conditioner’s condenser. Pet urine can corrode the unit’s coils.
  • Young cats and dogs may try to chew wiring to your HVAC or other appliances. Be sure to conceal it or otherwise ensure they can’t reach it.

For more tips for homes with pets, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We serve Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658. 

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