The feeling of coming home to a wagging tail or gently rub on your legs after a long day makes having a pet worthwhile for so many people.
Although they bring great companionship, pets can also bring dirt, hair and dander into your home, which can negatively affect your indoor air quality.
Negative Effects of Pets on AC
Even if you aren’t allergic to pet dander, your indoor air quality could still be negatively affected by your pet. Just the accumulation of pet dander around your home is enough to cause respiratory issues, sneezing or other problems. When this dander is picked up and spread around by your air conditioner, it can become an even bigger issue.
Your HVAC system can also suffer from your pets. The system sucks up stale air to use at a later time, and that means pet dander comes with it. This can cause your air filters to clog, decreasing your HVAC’s overall efficiency.
How You Can Help Eliminate Dander
Luckily, it’s possible to have both pets and a high indoor air quality. Here are some ways you can keep your HVAC running smoothly without getting rid of your four-legged friends.
- Change your air filters. Changing your air filters on a regular basis will prevent them from accumulating a build-up of pet dander.
- Clean and seal your ductwork. Ductwork is a popular place for pet dander to build up and then be blown back into the room. Make sure all ductwork is sealed and professionally cleaned.
- Bathe your pets. Regularly cleaning and brushing your pets will help keep shedding to a minimum.
- Keep a clean house. Regularly vacuuming your carpet and furniture and sweeping hard surfaces can prevent dander and pet hair from building up around your home.
If you’d like to schedule maintenance for your home’s HVAC system, contact the professionals at Houston’s Richmond’s Air.
You can also check out The Heat Beat for other ways that you can improve your home’s indoor air quality.