We all love our furry friends, but admittedly, they aren’t exactly the best contributors to our home’s HVAC system. They are cute (believe us, we know), but their fur and the way they like to roll around in the grass in the backyard can cause damage to our home’s air quality. That’s why it’s important to implement regular HVAC service maintenance in your home.
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In this blog post, we provide eight maintenance tips for your HVAC system that you can practice on your own in between your professional HVAC maintenance check-ups.
1. Bathe/groom your pet often.
This might seem like basic knowledge, but the cleaner you keep your pet, the cleaner your home and overall air quality will be. This is especially important if your pet is a long-haired breed, as we know their hair likes to find every crevice and tiny space in your home.
Regularly brush your dog, cat or other furry family members. This will cut the amount of pet dander and hair that makes its way into your home. Also, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, bathing your pet about once a month can cut down on the fur, dander, dust and pollen that makes its way into your home. But don’t go overboard with the bathing, as this can dry out your pet’s skin.
2. Maintain your air filters.
As we mentioned before, your pet’s hair and dander are bound to get everywhere, no matter how regularly you vacuum and dust. When that hair gets into your air filters, it can clog them and reduce the overall airflow in your home’s HVAC system.
We suggest regularly cleaning and replacing your air filters to all our clients, but especially the ones who own pets. You should change your air filters about every three months or so, depending on the size of your system and how much air needs to be filtered. For a more accurate number, you can always ask one of our experts when they’re performing an HVAC service in your home.
3. Prevent the “pet door draft.”
If you have a pet door installed in your home, your pet is likely going in and out of your house as they please. This causes the “pet door draft,” and it results in both a costly energy bill and your HVAC system working harder than necessary to keep your home at a proper temperature.
To keep your HVAC system from straining to keep your home’s temperature steady, we suggest you ensure your pet door is caulked correctly so any heated or cold air doesn’t escape your home.
4. Seal your air ducts.
Sealing your hair ducts can prevent any pet dander or hair from re-circulating throughout your home. If you have any cracks, gaps or exposure in your air ducts, take the time to have a professional seal them for you.
5. Check for exposed wires.
An exposed HVAC wire might seem harmless to you, but to your pup or kitten, it might look like a fun toy to chew on or play with. To keep your pet and your home system safe from any potential accidents or harm, keep your HVAC wires properly and safely covered in conduits.
6. Close off any outside condenser units.
Chances are, your condenser unit is in your backyard where you let your pets freely roam. Pets can unintentionally cause damage to your outside unit by urinating on it or clawing it. Urine can erode over time and cause refrigerant leaks while the condenser coils on your unit can injure your pet if they claw at it.
We suggest putting up some type of barrier around your condenser unit to protect both your pet and your condenser unit.
7. Turn off the fan when necessary.
When there is pet dust and dander in your home, turning on a fan will only re-circulate that debris quicker. Obviously, use your fan when you are home and need to use it, but when you leave your home for the work day, turn it off to both conserve energy and keep any of your pet’s fur from circulating around the house.
8. Get regular HVAC check-ups.
When you invest in regular HVAC service, you invest in the air quality of your home. If you’re a pet owner who wants to keep your family members and your furry friends safe, have a professional check out your HVAC system at least once in the summertime and once in the winter to ensure everything is working properly. This will ensure your system is up-to-date and is providing your home with the best air quality possible.
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