We all love our pets. Millions of homes across the country just wouldn’t
be the same without the love and companionship that our furry friends
can provide us. However, whether you have a cat, dog, rabbit, or other
small furry critter, they all have something in common: there’s
a good chance they shed their fur, allowing the loose strands to float
through the air in your home. These strands can get caught up in the air
currents in your home, which often mean they get carried into the intake
vent for your central heating and air conditioning system. This is where
they can truly do the worst damage.
On this blog, we’ll take a look at why this is such a problem for
homeowners and what you can do to reduce the effects it has.
Let’s put this out there: it’s really quite rare for a piece
of pet fur to make it through your air conditioner and be recirculated
back into your home. Most fur is caught up in your air filter, and that
which slips through somehow usually gets caught somewhere in the other
components, such as in your blower fan or cooling coil. However, dander
can get through much easier and may still find its way back through your
home. Pet dander in the air is a huge trigger for allergy symptoms, including
sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, and many other well-known and common
effects. In some cases, those who suffer from asthma or particularly nasty
allergies could even see worse symptoms, such as trouble breathing.
Clogged Air Filters
Pet hair that get sucked into your air intake vent often gets stuck in
your HVAC air filter. This is good: that’s exactly what your filter
is designed to do. However, pets that shed a lot tend to put a lot of
fur into the filter, thus causing it to become dirty far quicker. A dirty
air filter can’t process as much air as a clean one, meaning your
HVAC system will become less efficient and have to work harder (and thus
burn more energy) to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If you
have a furry friend in your home, you should be checking your air filter
at least once every two months, and even more if you have a particularly
sensitive allergy to airborne pet hair and dander.
If you’re struggling with a pet dander problem, you probably are
wondering what you can do to limit the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Fortunately there are a few things you can do. Regular dusting and vacuuming
is a great way to take out ton of the pet dander that may have accumulated
on the largest exposed surfaces in your home: your floors. They may not
appear dusty, but that’s because the constant foot traffic over
your floors kicks up the dust and dander and puts it right back into the
air. Keeping your floors and furniture clean and dust free can severely
limit pet hair and dander symptoms.
Likewise, having your air conditioner and heater properly maintained by
a Palm Beach County air conditioning professional can severely limit the
amount of pet hair or dander already inside your air conditioner. Air
filters are not perfect, and that’s why you need to make sure that
your coils are regularly cleaned and your ducts are regularly inspected
and cleaned out as well to eliminate any possible dust or dander that
may have settled in your system.
Schedule a maintenance service or duct cleaning by
calling Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today at 888-660-4337!