Dog hair can cause major indoor air problems

Dog hair is a major problem for homes with multiple pets.

  • Dog hair can wreak havoc on a central heating and air conditioning system.

Dog hair can become lodged in the machine as it passes in and out of the evaporator coils. The dog hair can keep the system from working properly and it can decrease the longevity of the machine. Dog hair can clog up the air filters and the ductwork, leading to problems with hot and cold spots throughout the home. When a customer calls me with a problem that sounds like a dog hair issue, I always ask ahead of time if they have pets. It’s an important part of the puzzle that can help me make a determination more quickly. Last month I had a customer that called. She complained that there was a problem with the ventilation system, because she consistently had dirt and dog hair on all of the surfaces in her home. I asked the woman about the last time that she changed the air filter. Because she could not remember the last time the air filter was changed, I deduced that it had been quite a while. Air filters are the first line of defense against indoor air pollutants like dust, dander, and dog hair. Of course, it is important to have the right air filter for the job. If you have a home with multiple pets, you should have an air filter that is also made for multiple pets. I recommended a different type of air filter to the customer and I also suggested that it would be helpful to sanitize and clean the ductwork.
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