There are few things in life that provide you with abundant, endless love with pets ranking high on that list. We often consider our furry friends as being a part of our family, but they sometimes also come with an unexpected impact on our HVAC systems. As pet owners, it’s our responsibility to provide a comfortable and safe environment. Fortunately, there a few ways to help mitigate the impact our pets have on our HVAC systems.
Regular Bathing & Grooming
It’s no surprise to us that dogs shed…a lot. Fallen pet hair, dander, and dirt can quickly buildup accumulating onto your air filters lessening your home’s air quality. Regular bathings and groomings helps to reduce the amount of hair being left behind and getting swept up in our ducts and air filters.
Replace Your Filters Often
One of the best ways to help keep your air ducts clean is to regularly inspect and replace your air filters. However, with an extra furry family member in the house, you’ll need to replace your filters more often.
A dirty filter is often one of the first places a technician looks at when one’s HVAC system is not running correctly. By making your system work harder, a less than clean air filter can also lead to higher utility bills. Prevent the buildup of your pet’s hair, dander, and dirt from clogging your air filter and set a reminder on your calendar or phone once a month to easily remind yourself it’s time to put a new filter in.
Remember to Vacuum
The addition of a furry one in the household also comes with it additional cleaning responsibilities helping to keep your system running at its best year-round. Prevent the likelihood of your pup’s hair building up in your nearby ducts with a routine vacuuming or floor sweeping.
Shut That Doggy Door
We all enjoy the ease that comes with the doggy door letting our pets in and out at their leisure to do their business, but that doggy door also comes with a couple of consequences if not sealed properly. You work hard to provide your family with a comfortable home. If your doggy door has loose seals, you could unintentionally be sending warm or cool air outside of your home causing your unit to work harder leading to potentially higher energy costs.
Protect Your Outside Unit
Dogs are notorious for their chewing. No matter what the item may be, they are sure to find it and leave their chew marks behind on it. Worse, sometimes Fido will lift a leg onto your unit causing pieces of your unit to corrode over time. Protect your outside unit by setting up a small fence surrounding your unit’s perimeter, and if you have exposed wires, ensure they are covered in conduit.
Owning a pet certainly packs a punch, however at the end of the day their endless love makes it all worth it. Ensure your system is running at maximum efficiency. Contact our team today for a system maintenance check.