Three HVAC Problems For Pet Owners & How To Fix Them

Posted: July 20, 2020

pet issues with hvac system mainePets are a special part of your family – but they can also create special problems when it comes to keeping your home heating and cooling equipment running at its best.

HVAC Pet Issues And Solutions

Here are three potential problems posed by your pet – and what to do about them.

  1. Fur build-up – Pet fur can clog HVAC air filters and accumulate in metal ductwork, causing your cooling and heating system to overwork – meaning you’ll pay higher energy bills and leave your system vulnerable to premature breakdown.
  2. If you have a dog or a cat that sheds:

    • Bring your “A” game to your housecleaning chores; vacuum frequently using a HEPA-filter vacuum, and mop tile and hardwood floors weekly.
    • Check your A/C or furnace air filter for pet fur every few weeks, cleaning or replacing it (depending on the model) when needed.
    • Keep your heating and A/C systems properly maintained
    • If your fur friend has been around for five years or more, consider getting a professional duct cleaning, especially if he sheds a lot.
  3. Dander – Dander comes from your dog or cat’s sloughed off skin cells. If you have a forced air system (one with a central air conditioner or furnace and vents), it will spread dander and other allergens throughout your home, degrading the quality of your indoor air.
  4. Bathe and brush your pet regularly to minimize dander flakes, and consider installing a whole house air purifier to keep the air clean and clear.

  5. Drafts – Many dog owners install a pet door so their best friend can come and go at his or her leisure. But just like any other portal to the outside, a pet door can leak air in or out of your home.

Make sure your pet door (and all your exterior doors and windows) are properly weather sealed, and that they close completely when your dog comes and goes.

Keep your pets happy and your family breathing easier with indoor air quality installations and regular HVAC maintenance in Androscoggin County, MA. Contact us today for details!