Do Pets Affect Your HVAC Performance?

May 20, 2022 | Pets, Blog, Dublin, Hilliard, Hilliard-Dublin, HVAC Maintenance, OH, Ohio

Four-legged furry family members bring so much joy to a household. If you are privileged to call yourself a pet owner, you understand the importance of each member in your home (pets included)! At Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air, we care about each member of your family. It’s important that your home stays a safe and comfortable place for your whole family. For this reason, we feel it is vital for home and pet owners to know the effect owning a pet can have on their HVAC systems.

Will Using a Barrier Around the Condenser Protect It?

The condenser is the big metal box usually located on the side of your house or in the backyard. If your pet has free rein over where the unit is located, it would be best to have the condenser enclosed with a barrier such as a picket fence, chicken wire, etc. Using a barrier is recommended to keep your unit protected, but most importantly, it keeps your fur babe safe and away from harm. 

Will Using a Barrier Around the Furnace Protect It?

How about your furnace? Where is it located? If your furnace is not in an enclosed area like a closet or small room, then you should also consider using a barrier to protect it and your pet. You never know if curious little paws or sniffing noses will get too close to the pilot light. On top of that, you should keep the area around the furnace free from dust bunnies and pet fur as this can lead to a fire hazard.

Will Replacing Your Air Filters Help with Airflow & Pet Hair?

Air filters have a significant role! An air filter’s function is to sift through airborne particles and pollutants in the air within your home. So when an air filter is clogged, it cannot do its job correctly. This ultimately leads to poor air quality inside your home. In addition, clogged air filters can also result in other issues concerning your HVAC system. If you have a pet or multiple pets in your home, know that pet fur and dander are notorious for causing clogged air filters. So how does this apply to your pet? Pet fur and dander are notorious culprits behind clogging up air filters. Homeowners should change their air filters for a fresh one between 30-60 days. However, if you are a pet owner, take the fur and dander factor into consideration and check your air filters more frequently when possible!

What Ways Can You Minimize Your Pet’s Shedding of Fur & Dander?

If you want your HVAC system to last for years to come, then practicing preventative maintenance is key! Here are a few things you can do to minimize the fur and dander in your home:

  1. Grooming- Stay ahead of the game by reducing your pet’s shedding of fur and dander. Keeping your pet bathed and brushed will help minimize the shedding, and as a bonus, you get more quality time with your pet!
  2. Dusting- Pet fur and dander tend to get everywhere inside a house. There’s not really a place in your home that is safe from infiltration of fur and dander. So be sure to scour every nook, cranny, and shelf when going through your regular dusting routine. 
  3. Vacuuming & Sweeping- Regularly vacuuming and sweeping will greatly affect your home’s indoor air quality. Depending on the need, you can do this daily or every other day.

Different types of HVAC concerns can arise due to pet fur and dander. Therefore, it’s essential to keep up with grooming, brushing, and regular upkeeps to ensure your HVAC system is running at its utmost capacity. If you need a local heating and cooling professional you can trust, look no further! Your Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air is just a phone call away. Call today at (614) 490-7520, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!