Just like other members of the family, dogs and cats are highly adored. They are very dear to our hearts.
The majority of homeowners with air conditioners have the condenser unit in the back or the side of their building. This has some implications if you have pets. Your dog can urinate or make marks on the condenser unit which can affect the performance of the air conditioning unit. Although you can use condenser covers, these may not protect against the damage that can arise from your pet’s urine.
Although the condenser is made for rugged conditions (that’s why it’s outside in the first place), there are chemicals in pets’ urine that may affect the condenser. If you notice that your condenser is falling apart or having crumbling fins, these could be linked to your pet’s urine and you need to consider replacing your condenser. To avoid these headaches, you need to train your pets not to urinate near the outdoor condenser unit.
In areas with temperate climate, the majority of the animals spend most of their time in the house of their owners. It is therefore important to pay extra attention to routine maintenance. Pets shed lots of hair and with this comes dander which cannot be easily seen. Both the air and dander get circulated in the home and eventually end up in the HVAC air filters. As a result, you (if you have pets) will need to change your air filters more frequently than those without pets. Doing this will prevent clogged filters which are responsible for shortening the life span of the HVAC unit.
The HVAC system is meant for the comfort of the members of the family, and pets are part of this family. While we may not be too bothered about their comfort, we also need to remember that they live in our house also. Since cats and dogs do not sweat, they are therefore at the mercy of the elements. Extreme heat makes them very uncomfortable. If you’re feeling warm inside, it’s possible your pet is feeling warmer. If you use a programmable thermostat, you can leave your AC a bit for your pet. The HVAC is not meant for your comfort alone but also for the comfort of your furry ones.