Skip to content
(716) 648-4257

Available Day or Night

HVAC 101 for Pet Owners

HVAC 101 for Pet Owners

There are some things you can do to ensure you and your family, including the four legged members, continue to breathe easy and to maintain the quality of your HVAC system.

Being a pet owner can add many different elements to your life. Our pets are like family. If you have a pet in your Western New York home, they can impact your HVAC system and indoor air quality due to fur, dander, and other outdoor contaminants that your four legged friend can track into your home. As the weather gets warmer and our pets, much like us, are outdoors more, it’s important to be aware of ways to limit harmful particles from getting into your home’s air. Just because you have a pet in your home doesn’t mean your air quality will or needs to suffer. Let’s review our HVAC 101 for pet owners.

What is Indoor Air Quality and Why is it Important?

Indoor air quality is a big problem. Poor indoor air quality can aggravate allergies, lead to your family getting sick, or just make it flat-out harder to breathe. Many experts believe that poor indoor air quality (or “IAQ”) is a major contributor to indoor allergy symptoms, the spread of illness, and poor breathing.

The EPA has identified poor indoor air quality as both a short- and long-term health risk to American homeowners. But, just what is “poor indoor air quality”? Poor IAQ can have a negative impact on your health and happiness. It often contains contaminants that trigger allergies and cause sickness. When you have a furry friend in your home, they can add different elements to your home’s air quality.

Six out of 10 homes are subject to cat or dog dander. Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers. Animal allergens are carried on small particles that remain airborne and easily attach to surfaces and clothing.

HVAC 101 for Pet Owners

There are some things you can do to ensure you and your family, including the four legged members, continue to breathe easy and to maintain the quality of your HVAC system.

Check out our HVAC 101 for pet owners below.

Maintain Clean Air Filters:  When you change your air filter regularly, it helps remove harmful particles from the air. By not changing your air filter at least once a month, your indoor air quality can suffer, especially if you have a pet.  An unchanged and dirty air filter means that the blower in your HVAC system is spreading unclean, airborne particles throughout your home. A clean air filter not only makes your air quality better, it can help to prolong the life of your HVAC system and be more efficient.

Get Your Ducts Cleaned: When furry friends shed in the house, their dander goes into the HVAC system usually through the air ducts. Whatever particles get trapped in the air ducts recirculate around the home as the system runs. Inspect your air ducts for pet hair, dust, and other debris. If your ducts look dirty, it is recommended to get your ducts cleaned. Keep in mind, even if you can’t see the particles and debris in your ducts, it is recommended to have them cleaned every 3 to 5 years.

Regularly Groom Your Pets: Grooming your pets can help to minimize the shedding. A dog or cat who is brushed regularly has less hair to spread around your home. When the weather allows, brush your pet outside. If brushing indoors, vacuum the area where your pet was brushed as soon as possible to ensure the pet hair is cleaned up and does not spread throughout your home. Bathing your pet regularly can also help cut back on fur and dander shed.

Frequently Clean Your Carpets and Furniture: Pet dander loves to hide in carpets and on furniture and is easily stirred up and added back into your home’s air, just by your family’s regular daily activities. Vacuum at least once a week to help remove as much debris as possible. By maintaining a clean home and HVAC system you can minimize the effects your pet has on your Western New York home’s indoor air quality. Also, try to keep pets off of beds and furniture.  

Install Air Purification: Adding some type of air purification into your home can help improve the quality of your air. Air purifiers and scrubbers can help to pull out dander before it even gets to your HVAC system. Air scrubbers are a great addition to any home, with pets or not. Air scrubbers are devices that purify indoor air. An air scrubber is one of the most-effective indoor air quality solutions. Air scrubbers capture all airborne contaminants while thoroughly purifying indoor air.

Hopefully our HVAC 101 for pet owners has provided you with a few helpful tips for not only maintaining a clean and functioning HVAC system, but also for improving your home’s indoor air quality. To really ensure you and your family, including the four legged ones, are breathing clean air, you should schedule an IAQ test.

The team at Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC specializes in a whole range of IAQ services in Western New York, including installing air scrubbers and purifiers that are proven to clean the air in your home. We will start with an IAQ test, show you what is in your home’s air, and then go from there. With our help, you can remove contaminants from your home’s air.

Ready to learn more or to get started on the path to better, easier-to-breathe air? Call us today or contact us online.