Friday 8 November 2019

HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

Puss Puss the cat adopted us last October
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Owning pets, whether it's adorable puppies or kittens, fills your home with so much joy. Unfortunately, it also can fill your house with lots of fur and dander. One aspect of pet ownership, which many owners don't consider, is the effect their pets have on their home's HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. If you are a pet owner, here's what you should be doing to take care of your HVAC system and keep it operating at its best.

Groom Regularly

Keeping your dog or cat groomed isn't just a great way to keep them clean and looking their best. A well-groomed animal causes less mess around the home. Regular brushing is highly effective at keeping your house from being overrun by fur. It removes the fur into the brush, where it can be easily disposed of. This way, it doesn't get in your heating and cooling ducts and clog up the system.

Vacuum and Sweep

No matter how diligent you are with grooming it's likely that your pets will still shed in your house. By maintaining a consistent vacuuming or sweeping plan you remove the loose fur before it has a chance to get sucked into a vent where it clogs up your HVAC system.

Maintain Moderate Temperatures

One way to lower your energy bill and reduce the strain being placed on your HVAC system is to lower the temperature during the day or while you are at work. A 10-degree decrease, while you are at work, could save you 10% on your electric bill, and your animal's fur will keep them plenty warm until you come home.

Clean Your HVAC System

Although regular seasonal maintenance should be handled by professionals, you can still maintain your HVAC system between their visits. As a pet owner, your system may be getting clogged more quickly. Always check your filters monthly, or according to the manufacturer's recommendation, and replace them if needed. Then, check your ducts and vents. Remove any fur buildup to maintain unencumbered airflow.

Archie the golden labrador

Install an Air Purifier

If you find that despite maintenance and cleaning, you're still seeing high levels of fur and other buildup in your HVAC system, an air purifier can help. Purifiers cycle your home's air through a filter in the unit, catching any debris in the air and removing it before it has the chance to get stuck in your HVAC system and lead to the need for more costly repair or cleaning.

Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

It's recommended that you should service your HVAC unit at least once a year. Having above-average dust and debris in the air, which pets can contribute to, may lead to the need to service more regularly. If you find signs your unit is not operating correctly, such as decreased airflow or unseasonably high energy consumption, call a professional to provide a full-service treatment and restore it to prime condition.
Living with pets is worth the extra effort they demand, but it's important to put in that extra effort. Neglecting the little things in the short term can lead to expensive repairs in the long term. By following these tips you'll keep your HVAC unit working at its best.