Are Your Pets Responsible for Your High Energy Bills?
Pets are an important part of any family. However, if you have pets, you may find that your energy bills are higher than they should be. Could your pets be responsible? Potentially, yes! It may be time to take a look at your furnace filter to see if higher energy bills could be due to your pets.
Pet Hair and Your Furnace Filter
When your furnace runs, the air flows through the furnace filter. The filter captures gunk and debris, including some that you can’t even see, so that it does not flow back into your home. Some of that debris includes your pet hair. No matter how well you vacuum or dust, pet hair and dander is going to make it into your ductwork, and it will get trapped in the air filter.
The air filter has no way to clean itself, and so when it gets full, the air in your system has a harder time flowing through the ducts and into your home. This will increase your energy bills as the furnace or air conditioner works harder and harder to heat and cool the home. This also leads to increased wear and tear on your system, which can eventually cause premature breakdown.
Changing the Furnace Filter Provides a Solution
So what’s the solution to this problem? Obviously, you can’t get rid of your pets, as they are part of the family. So what can you do?
Changing the furnace filter regularly helps decrease the wear and tear and increased energy bills that can come from your pets. Because pets are adding more debris to the air, pet owners may need to change their filters more frequently.
How often should you change your air filter? The answer depends largely on how dirty your air is. In addition to your pets, the number of people in your home, the overall air quality in your community and even the type of filter your system uses can all affect this. Plan to check the filter monthly, and plan to change it at least every other month, and more often if it looks like it may be dirty.
Energy Audits in Cincinnati
Your furnace filter is just one place where your HVAC system can be losing efficiency. If you’re changing yours regularly and your bills are still jumping up, then it’s time to look a little more closely.
To ensure that your system is working as efficiently as possible in your Cincinnati area home, you need to call National Heating and Air Conditioning. We can perform an energy audit to see why your energy bills are jumping up, and find all of the areas where your system is running inefficiently. Contact us today to find out more about our energy audit services!