Caring for your HVAC system when you own pets

Caring for your HVAC system when you own pets

Pets are some of the best parts of our lives, but ask anyone who owns one – and they’ll tell you that it isn’t always easy! Pets can be a lot of work!

Pet hair on furniture and dander floating in the air are just a few of the problems and particles that dogs and cats can spread around your home. Unfortunately, those things can cause some issues with your HVAC system and will most certainly impact the overall air quality of your home.

As a pet owner, there are some special considerations to make when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system – a few of which we’re here to share with you today. Let’s jump right in.

Make sure you’re replacing your air filters

Especially if you have a dog that sheds a lot at home, then you need to change your air filters frequently. Believe it or not, this hair can get into your ducts and even manage to mat itself on filters. In addition, skin cells and dander can also accumulate in your filter and can end up clogging it prematurely.

Make sure you’re on top of things and changing your filters as much as you can. It might even be time for you to consider a reusable filter – although your local HVAC pro can advise you as to what would be best for your specific situation and system.

Keep your home clean

One of the most efficient ways to make sure your air filters stay clean and hair/dander doesn’t seep into your system is to simply keep up with cleaning your home a little bit each week. Make sure you’re vacuuming regularly with special attention paid to the areas up against walls where vents might be located.

Keep your pet clean

If you really want to get ahead of hair and dander, then it’s best to get right to the source of the problem! By keeping your pet brushed and bathed regularly, you can eliminate a substantial hunk of the mess you’ll have to deal with later and also help keep hair out of the air and out of your HVAC system.

Get your ducts cleaned regularly

This is something you should be doing anyway, but if you’re not and you own a pet – things can get gross quickly. A lot of hair and skin particles will build up on the interior of ducts. This not only worsens the air quality, but it can also cause unpleasant odors over time. We recommend getting your ducts cleaned before winter – or whatever time of year that you know you’ll spend the majority of your days indoors. That way, the air you breathe will be a lot cleaner when you need it to be.


Making these tips a part of your routine won’t just help boost your air quality, but it’ll also extend the lifespan of your HVAC system. If you’re stuck with what to do with your pets and your HVAC system, give us a call today and we’ll set up a free consultation. Good luck!