For many people their pets are like family to them. Unfortunately unlike humans, pets have hair and dander that constantly is falling and free-floating around your home. Pet hair and dander may not sound alarming but it actually can cost you issues with your health and the lifespan of your AC unit.
Pets’ Affect on Indoor Air Quality
When animals shed, they don’t just lose their hair or fur. Pet dander and small skin cells are also lost from the animal. These contaminants can get sucked into your ventilation system and pulled into your air filter and circulated back into your home. It’s not just hair, dander, and skin that get into your air conditioning system. Pets also carry dirt and debris throughout your home, causing them to get into your ventilation system. Debris and dirt carry bacteria and other nasty things, which are then spread throughout your home. Reduced indoor air quality can make you extremely sick on a daily basis.
Pets’ Affect on Air Conditioning Systems
Even though pets are cute and loveable, they can be dangerous to the operation and lifespan of your air conditioning system. When all those particles escape into the ventilation system and into the air filter, it can prevent proper airflow. Air filters can become so bogged down by dirt, dust, and dander that they become clogged. Once they are clogged, clean air isn’t possible and cool air isn’t vented into your home.
Another way your pet unknowingly hurts your AC unit is by damaging the outdoor unit. Pets can scratch up sensitive parts and damaging them beyond repair. They can also bite through cords and hoses, causing leaks and electrical issues. Pets even carry dirt and debris from outside directly to the outdoor unit. Dirt and debris can clog the coils and force the compressor to work harder. Working twice as hard causes the unit to breakdown twice as fast.
Solutions for Loving Pets and Keeping AC Units Strong
Luckily, homeowners don’t have to choose between their health, their pet, or their AC unit. Here are a few tips to help improve your indoor air quality and prolong the life of your HVAC system:
- Grooming of your pet routinely
- Cage or fence the outdoor unit
- Replace or clean air filters
- Routine vacuuming and dusting
It’s time to accept what our sweet pets do to our health and home. Edwards Heating & Air offers service of your to boost its efficiency and prevent future problems. Call us today and schedule service with one of our NATE-certified technicians.