Some homeowners don’t realize that pets can interfere with HVAC operation. Pets can also impact your Fredericksburg home’s indoor air quality. Fortunately, these effects are easy to prevent when you follow a few simple guidelines. Read on to learn more about how your pet might be affecting your HVAC system.

Keep up with Seasonal HVAC Maintenance Visits

Preventive maintenance should be performed every spring and fall without exception. Pet fur and pet dander can get into high-tech heating and cooling equipment and negatively impact performance. As pet allergens and other contaminants build up in the system, your HVAC will be subjected to increasing wear and tear from overwork. Utility bills are likely to go up, and your HVAC’s life expectancy might be cut short.

Change HVAC Air Filters Regularly to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Filters play a big role in keeping indoor air quality high. Households with pets, especially multiple pets, need filter changes more often than pet-free homes. Clogged filters can’t catch airborne pet allergens that circulate through your home. In fact, running your HVAC with a dirty filter can blow pet allergens, pathogenic microbes, dust and dirt all over your living space. Grunge that collects on your filter can also penetrate your HVAC equipment and damage sensitive parts.

Upgrade to a More Effective Filter

Inexpensive fiberglass filters with low MERV ratings trap only large pet allergens. Denser filters with MERV ratings of 8 or 11 trap smaller particles as well. If you have pets, these filters will remove most pet fur and pet dander from your living area.

Consider an Air Purifier Installation

Air purifiers effectively remove pet pollution from indoor air and from your HVAC equipment. Today’s air sanitizers can trap and neutralize up to 99.98 percent of airborne microbes and pet allergens.

Do you have pets? Call the team at Total Comfort to learn more about our pet-friendly HVAC services.

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