If you have a furry friend, you know there’s almost nothing you wouldn’t do for them. In fact, many people own dogs or cats despite having pet allergies. That’s true love!
Part of owning a pet is love, companionship, and the never-ending requirement to stay busy. Your dog needs a walk every day, so it keeps you healthy too. They stick to a schedule, keeping you on track.
But as much as they keep you active, they can also make you sick. No matter how well you brush your furry friend, you can always find a pile of fur somewhere in your home. Pet dander is everywhere your pet roams. And every time your furnace or air conditioner turns on, it can wind up in your heating and cooling system.
Why it matters
Can your furry friends really impact your HVAC system that much? The answer may surprise you.
Especially with long haired dogs and cats, their fur can blow around every time your HVAC system runs and be sucked into the return registers as it accumulates nearby. Over time, this hair can clog up your air filter, meaning your HVAC isn’t running at its best performance. That can cause your system to wear down before its time.
Dander, dirt, and hair can also impact the air quality – the air supply you breathe each day. Have you noticed allergies getting worse? Have you noticed colds that don’t seem to go away? It could be a clogged air filter that is causing your HVAC to operate inefficiently.
It’s not just the air supply
Most air conditioners are located outside of the house. Does your pet have access to the equipment?
A bored pet can find the levers on the air conditioning unit a fun toy to play with. Cats can scratch at them and damage them. Dogs may find the cables irresistible and start chewing on the. Both may make it their favorite place to mark their territory. And all of that may damage the equipment to the point of no return.
If you have pets, keep your HVAC system safe and secure, ensuring a full lifespan doing what it was designed to do: keep you comfortable year round, no matter what the Colorado weather throws at you.
If you have any other questions about your HVAC system, we’re here to help.