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You, Your Dog, and Your Air Conditioner


You’ve got a dog, right? Of course, you do, because they’re adorable and really good at moving sticks around the yard. You’ve also got an air conditioner. These two things probably don’t seem related. What would a dog have to do with an air conditioner anyway? However, the two can affect each other more than you might think.

What Does My Dog Have to Do With My Air Conditioner?

Good question! Unless your dog regularly uses your outside AC as a substitute fire hydrant, you might not think there’s much of a relationship.

But there is.

Dogs have fur. I realize I’m not exactly blowing your mind with that proclamation. You already know dogs shed. After all, you’re the one vacuuming the dog hair off the sofa before the in-laws show up.

No matter how clean you keep your house or how well groomed your dog, you aren’t catching all that pet hair and dander coming off Fido. Don’t feel bad. It would be virtually impossible to take care of it all.

Where does that hair go? Some of it gets embedded in carpet or clothes, but a lot gets sucked up by you air conditioner and lodged in your air filter.

Aha! Now we’re getting somewhere.

Dogs, Cats, and Air Filters

Yes, we’ve been talking about dogs, but the same principle applies to your cat or any other furry mammal scurrying around your house. Some loose pet hair is always going to get caught in your air conditioner’s filter. This is actually a good thing, since it means the air filter is doing its job. It is supposed to keep things like hair and dust and other airborne particles from getting to the coils inside the system.

So, you’re fine, right? Nothing to worry about?

Obviously not. Yes, a good air filter will do the job catching loose pet hair, but that means you have to do a good job regularly checking that filter. If you have a lot of pets, your filter is going to get dirtier faster than someone living alone. Some homeowners can go 2-3 months without cleaning or replacing their filter. You can’t do that. You need to check it every few weeks to be sure the filter isn’t completely filthy.

Won’t That Cost Me More Money?

Yes, it probably will. However, remember that air filters are cheap, but paying the bill to repair an air conditioner clogged with dog hair won’t be.

Yellow Snow is Not For Eating (Because It’s Pee)

Seeking Yellow Snow Deposit Area

Go outside in winter, and you’re going to see some yellow snow. You might wonder, “What is that?” or, “Should I eat it?” The answer is an easy and unequivocal, “No.” You should never eat yellow snow, because yellow snow is pee. An unfortunate truth I learned much too late in life after browsing the Interwebs one fine evening.

The Cold Truth About Yellow Snow

Now, what does yellow snow have to do with heating and air conditioning of which I, MrCool, am an expert? I’m glad you asked. A lot of people have dogs, and these dogs, except in the weird cases, go to the bathroom outside. This might change someday, but for right now no one has figured out how to train a dog to operate a flush toilet. When that happens they’ll probably take over the world alongside elephants who paint and gorillas that speak sign language.

But, I’m getting far afield from what I wanted to talk about: dogs and heat pumps and going potty.

You might think dogs don’t mind going outside when it is really cold, because they have fur and stuff. You would be wrong. Dogs can dislike the cold as much as humans, and chances are none of us would want to run out into the yard whenever internal gastrointestinal conditions required it. No, sir! We stay inside where ductless mini-split heat pumps keep us nice and cozy while we do our business.

Don’t you think your dog wants the same thing?

I do, and that’s why tomorrow I am going to talk to my engineers about creating a truly portable ductless mini-split heat pump designed to keep your dog warm while he goes #1 or #2 outside. I don’t know exactly how it’s going to work, but that’s why I have engineers! I’m thinking it will have to be some kind of hovercraft with Intelligent Eye sensors to follow the dog as he does his business. Of course, the real question is do I let consumers operate it on regular electricity or do we go real science and install a compact thorium reactor?

Decisions, decisions, decisions.