If you have pets in your Northbrook, Illinois, home, it’s important to know how they affect your HVAC system. Your pet’s hair and dander can have a negative effect on your system if you’re not careful.

Clogged Air Filters

If you have a pet that sheds in your home, you need to make sure you change your HVAC filters more often. Air filters trap pet hair and prevent it from blowing through your home, but unfortunately this hair can clog up your filters quickly. A clogged air filter makes your HVAC system work harder, increasing your utility bills and shortening the lifespan of your system. Check your filters regularly, especially during the seasons when your pet tends to shed the most.

Air Quality Concerns

There are a lot of great reasons to own a pet, but many people find that they start experiencing allergic symptoms such as sneezing, headaches, and watery eyes after a new pet moves into their home. If this happens to you or a member of your family, don’t be too quick to assume you have to give up on owning a pet. Often a better indoor air quality management system, perhaps in conjunction with more frequent dusting and cleaning, will be all that’s needed to make the pet a welcome addition to your household again.

Programming Your Thermostat

If you have your thermostat set to change during the day while you are gone, a new pet in your home should make you rethink it. Although pets have adapted to adjust to changing temperatures, you still need to make sure your home is comfortable while you are away. Don’t swing the temperature too drastically during the day and make sure it’s a reasonable temperature for your pet.

If you have questions about how your pets affect your HVAC system, or if you need to have your IAQ tested, we are the people to call. Contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning at 847-272-5836 to speak to an experienced professional today.

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