Any dog or cat owner worth their salt will tell you two things:
1. Their pets are members of the family
2. Having a pet takes a toll on their home
Just look at your HVAC system: it can be a magnet for pet hair and dander, which can affect both the quality of your indoor air and your energy bill.
That’s why we want to use this week’s blog post to look at some ways you can maintain your heating and cooling system and keep your four-legged friends safe and comfortable.
1. Check your filters
If you have a pet that sheds its fur in your house, make sure your check and replace your HVAC filter on a regular basis. These filters can become blogged with pet hair, dust and dander.
You should replace your filters at least four times a year – whether or not you have a pet. You may need to do this even more often if you own a long haired dog breed.
If you find these filters are becoming clogged too often, considering switching to a reusable filter that you can just hose off and put back to work. Check with your local HVAC professional to find out which filter works for your system.
2. A clean house = clean filters
You can avoid having to replace/clean your HVAC filter too often by keeping the rest of your house clean. Run a vacuum every couple of days to pick up loose pet hair and dander.
You should also make sure your pet gets brushed and bathed on a regular basis. Look for brushes that are specifically designed for use on pets. If you’re not feeling up to a DIY task, you can always take your dog or cat to a groomer.
3. Make sure your ducts are cleaned
Your ductwork can collect small particles over time, and this build up can be even more pronounced if you live with a pet.
Have your HVAC technicians inspect your ductwork every few years to determine if the ducts need cleaning. Clearing pet dander from your ductwork will keep your indoor air fresh and odor-free.
More importantly, regular duct cleaning – or connection with a good indoor air quality management system – can help alleviate some of the allergic symptoms that pop up when a new pet arrives.
4. Keep pets in mind when adjusting your thermostat
Pets can deal with warmer or cooler temperatures better than humans, so don’t be afraid to keep the thermostat on your HVAC system set at a slightly lower temperature when you’re away.
Just make sure your pet has blankets and a warm bed in the winter, and plenty of water year-round. Talk to your vet if you’re concerned about setting the right temperature for your pet.
5. Guard your outdoor AC unit
If your pets enjoy roaming your backyard, make sure you’ve created a barrier between them and your outdoor air conditioner unit.
While it’s safe for pets to be near these units, you’ll want to make sure they don’t chew on any cables…or mark their territory.
Our expert technicians have spent the better part of two decades tackling every aspect of heating and cooling, and are ready to make life more comfortable for you and every member of your family.