Can My Pets Affect My HVAC System?

If you’re like most of us at Jones, we love and treat our animals as more than just pets; they’re our family. Although, no matter how much we love and enjoy our pets’ company, we all understand that sometimes there are downsides to having them inside our homes. One of those downsides is that our pets can affect our heating and cooling system. The real question however is, how do they affect the system and how can we fix it? Below are some of the most common issues that pets can cause with your HVAC system and ways to improve these issues:

 – Indoor Unit Damage

One of the more obvious tips is to keep your pets clean. Dirt, dust, pollen, and debris can get stuck in your pet’s coat and will get dragged into your vents and ran through your filter. If you also have a pet that sheds, it can make it even worse of a problem for your system. Loose hairs and dander clog up your ventilation and filters which can run your system down. When your filter is clogged, your HVAC unit needs to work harder to achieve your desired home temperature, thus increasing your monthly energy bills in the process. You can minimize this problem by keeping your pets clean and groomed. We also recommend checking your filters/changing them more regularly to ensure that your system is running in tip top shape. It is also recommended to vacuum more frequently because if the hair isn’t lying around, it won’t get kicked up into the air and trapped in your ductwork and filtration system.

– Outdoor Unit Damage

 ​Another tip is to keep your pets away from your outdoor unit. If your pets are allowed free reign in your yard, your outside HVAC unit could come into harm’s way. A few things to watch out for is clawing, digging, chewing, or urinating on the outside condenser, especially on your condenser coils. This could not only cause your unit harm but potentially injure your pet as well which is not wanted at all. Urine specifically can cause corrosion over time and could end up causing a costly refrigerant leak. ​To avoid having any of these problems happen, the easiest solution would be to separate your pets from the equipment. By keeping your pets away from the outdoor unit, you will keep them safe and probably save yourself many costly problems. If you are experiencing any of these issues with your HVAC unit despite following these steps, please don’t hesitate to contact us. For more information or any questions call us at (859) 623-9295.