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.