October 19, 2018

Does Your Pet’s Hair Affect Your HVAC System?

There are several things you can do to improve the health of your air conditioner. There are a lot of threats in your home that can decrease the effectiveness of your air conditioner, clog it, slow down its function, and even break it down over time. One of the most commonly faced threats to your air conditioner is pet dander. The pets we love and adore have thick coats with coarse hair, which is perfect for clogging up your heating and air conditioning system. 

Here, we will explain how to handle the amount of pet hair and dander in your home to ensure that your pet’s natural habits, and their hair, does not negatively affect the quality of your HVAC system, and how simple steps can protect it for many years to come. 

Air Borne Allergens and Your Pet’s Dander 

The reason a large percentage of the population has an allergy to furry pets is because of their dander. Dander is made up of microscopic pathogens that infiltrate the nasal passages and cause the symptoms we experience in an allergic reaction. When pets shed their fur, dander sticks to the individual hair shafts and travel along with it until it can break free from the hair. Both the pet dander, and the pet hair can be pulled into your HVAC system. 

Since dander is microscopic, not all pet dander is caught in your air conditioner’s filter. This leaves it free to float around in your home and be recirculated through your home continuously. Over time, this can make your allergies unbearable. 

Solving the Airborne Pet Dander Problem 

Even though your HVAC system is capable of transporting pet dander through your home, it can easily become a strong ally in the fight against allergies. Your heating and air conditioning system is the respiratory system of your home. It pulls air from inside your home through the primary intake vent and pulls it through the air filter that you have chosen to install, adjust the temperature of the air, and circulates it back into your home. By choosing the right air filter, you can ensure that the allergens plaguing your family are filtered out and trapped instead of recirculating them back through your home. 

If your air filter is clogged, dirty, or low-quality, your air conditioner will struggle to filter the air. A clogged filter restricts the air flow from the primary intake vent, which puts added stress on the various components, reducing the life of your system. It can also increase your electric usage dramatically. There are several things you can do to effectively reduce the amount of strain placed on your HVAC system, but the two most important steps you can take are vacuuming regularly and changing your filters often. 

Vacuuming your home regularly to remove pet hair and dander in your household fabrics can reduce your family’s allergies and reduce the strain on your HVAC system. Less pet hair in your home means less pet hair that can get into the inner workings of your ventilation system. This means less stress on your HVAC system, which extends its life. The combined HVAC services Arlington experience countless calls throughout the city for HVAC systems that are performing on a sub-standard level. In many situations, it is found that the homeowner has seriously neglected the air filter on their system. In cases of severe neglect of the HVAC filter, homeowners faced significant repair bills associated with the strain that was placed on their system for months, or possibly years. 

If you have pets, you should make sure to check and clean your filter on a regular basis, and change the filter based on the manufacturers recommendations.