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Do Pets Affect Your HVAC Performance?

Have you ever thought about how your pets may be affecting your HVAC system’s performance? There are quite a few ways your pets impact your system, including their shedding of hair and dander and their tracking of dirt and debris. Animals are indeed a part of the family, so our team at Monroe Heating & Air wants to offer you some tips and tricks to keep your pets comfortable while simultaneously keeping your HVAC system running efficiently.

How Does Keeping Pets Well-Groomed Benefit HVAC System’s Efficiency?

Keeping a well-groomed pet will safeguard your HVAC system more than you think. Furry pets are notorious for the frequent shedding of both fur and dander. To prevent excess hair around the home, keep your pets well-groomed before it becomes a problem. Keeping up with a pet’s grooming is vital for you and your pet’s health.

Healthy and shiny coats shed a lot less than a neglected coat. Pet dander and odors can get trapped in the ducts, clogging up your system if not cleaned regularly. As a result, the quality of the air that you breathe every day will lower, which puts you at risk of developing allergies. So while you may not be able to get rid of all shedding and dander, you can make efforts to minimize it to keep your family happy and healthy!

Why is it Important to Change/Clean Your Air Filter as a Pet Owner?

Air filters trap unwanted air particles from accessing your ventilation, heating, and cooling unit. We classify air filters by their ability to trap undesirable air particles. Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, is a measurement scale used to convey this ability. The lower the MERV, the cheaper the filter. However, we recommend pet owners invest in a filter with the MERV rating of 9-12 because anything lower cannot trap allergens such as pet dander. Even with a high-ranking air filter, maintaining a clean filter proves essential for keeping healthy and desirable indoor air quality.

What Makes Media and HEPA Filters Exceptional?

If you have pets, we highly recommend investing in indoor air quality products such as media and Hepa filters. Unless you work in the HVAC field, you may have never heard of these devices, so allow me to go over them briefly. Media filters trap dust, dirt, and other particles from the air as it passes through your home’s HVAC system. Media filters are appreciated for their low maintenance, only needing to be changed once or twice a year. Their surface area makes them great at filtering and trapping pollutants efficiently. Now, HEPA filters provide the highest protection for your animal-loving home! Removing at least 99.97% of airborne allergens and pollutants, HEPA filters earn a MERV rating of nearly 16! Their supreme design is perfect for capturing larger contaminants like pet dander, and they only need to be changed every few years, making this filter an excellent investment!

Regardless of what filter you choose to utilize in your home, you must do what you can to maintain the animal shedding and dander within your home. You and your family’s health with thank you! It is always a good idea to speak with an HVAC professional before purchasing any new HVAC equipment to ensure you get the best products most beneficial to you physically and financially! We will be happy to consult with you and give our honest opinion to help you and your fur babies live comfortably! Call Monroe Heating & Air today at (513) 540-4890, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!