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Do Pets Affect Your HVAC Performance? 

May 20, 2022 | Pets, Blog, Cincinnati, HVAC, Maintenance, OH, Ohio

Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati values each member of your family. This includes your pets too! Owning a pet comes with the joy of companionship but is equally met with its share of challenges too! If you are a devoted pet owner, you know the responsibility required to keep up with your pet’s shedding of fur and dander. But has it ever crossed your mind how pet fur and dander can negatively affect your HVAC system? Unfortunately, pet fur and dander accumulate quickly if left unchecked, which in turn can reduce the air quality in your home and contribute to overworking your HVAC system. This can lead to issues with its performance and overall lifespan. The good news is that you can do a few things to keep up with your pet’s shedding and aid your HVAC system in the process. But the most important thing of all is that the following tips & tricks will also help keep your beloved furry family member safe.

Why Should You Use an Air Purifier to Aid Your HVAC System?

Air purifiers are especially beneficial to use in a home when pets are a factor. They greatly help lessen the number of allergens and airborne contaminants in a home and also help to raise your indoor air quality. Therefore, pet fur and dander can be reduced by consistently using an air purifier. We highly recommend using a purifier if you have more than one pet in your household.

Why Should You Get Your Ducts Professionally Cleaned?

Suppose you have a pet that has access to the outdoors. Whether that be a dog that is trained to go potty in the backyard or a cat that likes exploring outside, it is likely they will track dirt and other allergens inside your home upon coming back indoors. Sadly, no matter how much you sweep and vacuum, you will never be able to clean 100% of it. Over time, ductwork collects and traps dust, dirt, debris, allergens, and other free-floating particles. For this reason, we recommend having your ducts cleaned every 3-5 years. Doing so will boost the IAQ in your home and ensure your HVAC system does not have any airflow issues. Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati to confirm if this is a service we can do for you at this time!

Why Should You Use a Barrier to Protect Your Units?

Safety is a huge deal to us. We believe that keeping you, your family, your home, pets, and your HVAC system safe is the top priority. If you have an exposed furnace in your home, meaning it is not in an enclosed area like a closet, you should think about using a barrier to keep your pet away from the furnace and the pilot light. In addition, you should make sure the surrounding area is free of dust, and pet fur buildup, as this can be a fire hazard.

Don’t forget about your condenser located outside! If you have a particularly mischievous pet, the last thing you want is for your pet to relieve himself on the side of the unit causing damage to the condenser. 

Why Should You Replace Your Air Filters?

Homeowners should replace their HVAC’s air filters every 30-60 days. However, if you are a homeowner with multiple pets, you should check your air filters more often. If you do not replace your air filter with a fresh one, your air filter will become clogged and bogged down. Ultimately, this places strain on your HVAC system and leads to problems. Not to mention, a dirty air filter only circulates the pollutants right back in the open air to be inhaled by you, your family, and your pets. So take it from us, and change your filters as needed!

Your friends at Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati want the best for you, your home, and your whole family! All of our technicians are NATE-certified, and we gladly work with our customers to resolve any HVAC issues quickly and efficiently. Allows us to serve as your locally trusted heating and cooling service professional. You can contact us at (513) 216-5011 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!