Having A Pet Affects Your HVAC System

How Having A Pet Affects Your HVAC System

When thinking about our pets, it may be hard to believe they have much, if any impact on our HVAC systems. However, this is far from the truth! Your four legged friends can greatly affect your HVAC system and your home’s air quality. While we love our pets, we still need to make sure our comfort systems are in top operating condition as well. Read how having a pet affects your HVAC system so you can learn the steps to take to keep it operating properly.

Pet Hair

One of the biggest affects your pet has on your home’s HVAC system is their shedding. We all know how much our dogs and cats can shed, and this can take a huge toll on your comfort system. Without proper preventive measures, loose fur can clog your system’s ventilation system and air filter. Clogged filters place strain on your HVAC system, as it works overtime to push air through the filter. If air filters become too clogged, the system’s safety switch can flip, turning the system off and leaving you with an uncomfortable environment. 

How Can I Prevent Pet Hair From Causing Damage?

There are many ways to keep your pet’s fur from having any negative impacts on your HVAC system. First, brush your pets daily. Not only does this prevent any matting and keep them more comfortable, but it also removes loose hair before it’s shed throughout your home. If possible, routinely take your pets to the groomer for a deep grooming session. To help cut down on pet hair even more, make sure to regularly clean your home. Sweep, vacuum, and wipe down all surfaces throughout your space. Don’t hesitate to use a little elbow grease!

Pet hair will inevitably end up in your HVAC system’s air filter, so don’t forget to change or clean it often. Every 1-3 months is the recommended average for changing your air filter. 


While puppies and kittens are adorable, they sure do like to chew on anything they can get ahold of. If your HVAC unit has wires left exposed, keep your pets far away! You don’t want them chewing on these wires and causing any injury to themselves or damage to your system. It’s best to call out your local HVAC professional and have the technicians ensure all wires are safely covered and correctly installed. 

Who Do I Call?

Gulfshore Air Conditioning is your local American Standard Customer Care Dealer. We got that title by providing honest and reliable service from factory-trained and licensed professionals to the residents and businesses in our community. You can rest assured that the professionals at Gulfshore Air will come out and do the job right the first time.

Dirt & Dander

Along with pet hair, the dirt and dander they leave inside your home can also negatively affect your HVAC system. As your pet sheds, along comes dander. Dander is microscopic flecks of skin shed by your animals. As your system circulates air throughout your home, the dander will move throughout the air as well. 

After a fun day playing at the dog park, your pets can bring in a good amount of dirt, pollen, and other allergens on their coats and paws. These allergens clog your air filters as well. While this can damage your system, both dust and dander can also be especially harmful to those within your home who struggle with allergies. 

Air Purification Systems

Attempting to manage the pet hair, dander, and dust throughout your home can be quite overwhelming! You don’t have to do it alone. Having an air purification system installed in your home will provide a major relief to the whole family. These systems can remove up to 99.9% of allergens and airborne contaminants from your home’s air so you can breathe in cleaner, healthier air at all times, even with pets!

Contact Us

We hope this blog helps increase your understanding of how your four legged friends can affect your home’s HVAC system. If you have any questions or need any repairs, give Gulfshore Air a call at (850) 897-6540. Gulfshore Air is your local American Standard Customer Care Dealer and Niceville’s #1 choice for heating and air conditioning services. 

Feel free to email us at info@gulfshoreair.com with any questions or inquiries about your HVAC system. Be sure to visit us on Facebook and Instagram for more helpful home tips!

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