AC Concerns For Pet Owners

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Your pets can have an affect on your home cooling system that can lead to damage to the air conditioner or discomfort for your family. Getting rid of the pets isn't an option as they are a member of your family after all. Instead, learn what the negative effects are so you can actively work to prevent problems.

Clogged filters

Most homeowners know they need to clean or replace the filters in their AC unit every couple of months during the cooling season. Unfortunately, that simply isn't sufficient if you have pets. Their fur will get into the system when the air recirculates through your home, which will cause the filters to clog more frequently. This affects the efficiency of your AC, which means it doesn't cool as well and it costs more to run. Start changing the filter at least once per month to prevent this problem. If you have several pets or a pet that sheds a lot, you may need to change the filters more often.

Dander in the system

Pet hair isn't the only concern. Your pet's dander is an irritant. In high enough quantities it can cause irritation or breathing issues even if you don't have an allergy. Most standard air filters do not have small enough pores to blog dander, so it will recirculate into the air you breath. To make matters worse, dander can collect in ducts because the moving air causes static in the metal, which further attracts dander. Upgrading to a HEPA filter can solve this dilemma. HEPA filters have smaller pores, so they catch more dander. This means less in the air you and your family breathes.

Blocked registers

An overlooked issue is the blocked registers. Sometimes animals, particularly larger dogs, will lie on or against a register. The metal and blowing air is cool, making it the perfect place for a snooze. Some animals may also drag beds or toys over floor registers. Your home can't cool properly if the registers are blocked. This also puts stress on the mechanics of your AC unit, which can cause it to wear out more quickly. Fortunately, there are register guards that can be installed over floor registers. The work to reroute the air flow so it circulates better, with the added benefit of making them harder to block.

Schedule annual tuneups with an AC contractor if you have pets. They can further ensure the system is working properly and that fur and dander have not built up within any part of your AC unit. Talk with a company like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. for more information.

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