Your pet is a beloved member of your family, however they can have an impact on your indoor air quality. As much as it is important to provide daily feedings, love and affection and cleaning, there are also some responsibilities that many pet owners are not aware of.
In this post we will go over some of these very important tips to help ensure your HVAC system stays efficient for your household.
Keep Pet’s Groomed
Regular grooming visits for your pet is very important not only because it helps keep your pet feeling their best, it helps them shed less too! Without grooming the small undercoat of your pet sheds and increases the amount of hair that gets caught in the filters causing your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to. Regular grooming visits for your pet results in less filter changes for your system, cleaner air, and overall less pet dander inside your home.
Clean Your Air Ducts And Vents
As well as pet hair getting caught in your filters it also can build up in your vents and ducts. Clogged air ducts are an ideal breeding place for many viruses and bacteria, which is why you should always hire a professional for clean your ductwork. Ensuring regular cleaning of your ducts and vents can help to reduce air borne allergens and bacteria in your home.
Change Your Air Filters Regularly
Pet dander is small particles of dead skin that rise into the air after it comes off your pets. Your HVAC’s air filters catch these particles along with your pets hair. Over time the build up causes decreased airflow in your home, making your system work harder to warm or cool your home. As a result, your energy bill can increase. You’ll need to change air filters more often the more pets you have.
Fence Off Your AC Unit
When unsupervised, your household pet can be a threat to your air conditioning unit – and, inevitably, the overall comfort of your home! If your furry friend was to urinate on your outdoor system it can cause components to deteriorate. Pets can also claw and chew on wiring and injury themselves. Keeping your pet from being able to get to your outdoor unit will keep them safe and ensure your unit runs at its best for many years to come.
Seasonal Check Ups With A Certified HVAC Provider
Even if you take these measures you still need to ensure that you are having regular cleaning and inspections completed. A regular inspection and tune-up by a licensed HVAC technician will help to prevent the spread of pet dander throughout your home and keep your system running at it’s best.