Changing or cleaning the filter in your HVAC system is an important task for homeowners, and even more important for pet owners.
The filter is the first line of defense in keeping your central air unit clean by trapping airborne particulates before they enter ducts. Dirty filters increase energy usage and are the primary reason for calls for HVAC repairs. Although manufacturers recommend cleaning or replacing filters every 60 to 90 days, pet parents should change filters as often as once a month.
Common Airborne Pollutants
The outside air quality in the Bakersfield, California, region is often poor because of traffic, weather, and other environmental conditions. However, the Environmental Protection Agency finds that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outside air. Household cleaners, candles, and home furnishings are common pollutants. Add pet dander to the mix and you’ve got a potential for seriously hazardous indoor air quality.
Dander is microscopic scales of skin shed by humans and animals. It circulates through HVAC system and stays suspended in your air until it settles on surfaces, creating dust.
How To Protect Your HVAC System if You Have Pets
There are several ways to protect your HVAC system when you have pets:
- Bathing and grooming pets regularly removes loose hair, dander, dirt, and oils and reduce the amount of pet leavings that become embedded in carpets, bedding, and furniture. If these particulates become airborne, they get sucked into the HVAC system.
- Frequent vacuuming and mopping removes pet byproducts, dust, and allergens, which reduces the number of pollutants in your home.
- Changing air filters more often ensures that the air flowing through ducts is clean. When filters become loaded with particles, pollutants circulating in the air enter ducts and are blown into your living space. Dirty filters make the system work harder and can result in breakdowns.
Better quality filters and other air quality products capture smaller particles, which protects your HVAC system and improves the air you breathe.
Monarch Home Services can evaluate the quality of your indoor air and recommend products that protect you and your heating and cooling equipment. To schedule an appointment, call (661) 452-8707.