Unfortunately, the air return for our HVAC system is at floor level so hair and dander have little issue getting sucked into the filter at that elevation.
There was never a time in my life when I didn’t have a dog as my primary pet. We had a fluffy german shepard when I was born, who lived until I was five, at which point we adopted two dachshund puppies from a family friend. Those dogs lived two long and healthy lives with the most attention and treats two dogs could ever hope for in their wildest dreams. Although in hindsight, it probably wasn’t the most responsible decision, I adopted a chihuahua the moment I moved out and went to college. I kept that dog until my father died and I gave him to my mom to look after since the two bonded so well. I never asked for him back, and never needed to, because my fiance proposed that we get two golden retriever puppies. I love these dogs, but now that they’re fully grown, their size presents a few problems. Their fur gets everywhere, especially in our air filter. Unfortunately, the air return for our HVAC system is at floor level so hair and dander have little issue getting sucked into the filter at that elevation. No matter how good the filters are that we buy, I can’t prevent all of their hair from getting past the filter and near the evaporator coil. Therefore, I pay to have our heating, cooling, and ventilation system cleaned on a yearly basis to maintain optimal system performance and prevent costly repairs. This extra step might seem trivial until you’re looking at a fried air handler that could have been saved with a tiny bit of care and attention to detail.