Being a pet owner can be one of the greatest joy’s life has to offer. You have a loyal and loving companion who greets you every time you walk through the door and is always excited to have you nearby. On the flip side, having a pet can also mean that fur and dander are lurking behind every corner. The vacuum cleaner and lint roller are suddenly your best friend.
Having pets also means we need to be mindful of what that means for our HVAC system and how to properly maintain it. Below we have created a list of the most important tips for pet owners to remember to keep a well-run HVAC system in their home.
Some pets may shed more than others but it’s always a good idea to keep your pet regularly groomed. This will help reduce the amount of fur that finds its way into your filters and air ducts. Over time, your pet’s fur will build up and before you know it, you’ll require a costly maintenance visit to keep your HVAC running efficiently.
Eliminate this problem by brushing your pet on a weekly basis or taking it to the groomers. It’s also a great idea to vacuum regularly so you can catch the extra fur left behind before it makes its way into your air vents.
By using an air purifier in your home, you will help alleviate some of the burden that are placed on your air filters. With a high-quality air purifier, you can expect that 99% of all pet dander is removed from the air in your home before reaching your air filters or ducts.
While purifiers do an excellent job at reducing the amount of pet hair and dander that finds its way into your ventilation system, they also do a great job of eliminating other airborne allergens. For someone looking to eliminate seasonal or dust allergies, this can provide an added benefit.
Having a pet means that your air filters will become clogged much more easily and frequently. Not only do you have to worry about pet hair, but you also need to be mindful of their dander that builds up. Pet dander is essentially tiny particles of dead skin that find their way into the air of your home once they leave your pet. Pet dander certainly isn’t your air filters friend.
With time, your air filters will become clogged with your pet’s hair and dander which can end up blocking the airflow altogether. Blocked airflow leads to an overactive AC unit and not only will this cause unwanted wear and tear on your home’s system, but it will also reflect on your energy bill!
In order to avoid this issue entirely, we recommend replacing your air filters on a monthly basis. Pay attention to how quickly your filters become clogged and if you’re noticing that a monthly replacement isn’t sufficient, by all means, replace them more often than that.
Just like air filters, air vents can easily become clogged with pet hair and dander too. Make it a priority to regularly clean the air vents with your home with a duster or a vacuum hose. By cleaning them often, you prevent the debris from making it into your air ducts.
Despite taking responsible measures to groom your pet, clean regularly, and vacuum your air vents, pet hair will find its way into your homes air ducts eventually. Clogged air ducts can be a danger for a number of reasons but can also result in a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria.
We recommend having one of our skilled and licensed professionals clean your air ducts on a regular basis to prevent a dangerous and unwanted amount of buildup.
While there are certain measures any homeowner and pet owner can take, the best thing you can do to ensure your HVAC system runs properly and efficiently is to schedule regular maintenance appointments with one of our experienced professionals.
By having a professional keep up with regular maintenance, you’re ensuring that your ducts will be cleaned thoroughly, further damage will be prevented by identifying potential risks, and your unit will continue to work efficiently, prolonging its lifespan.
If you haven’t had a recent maintenance visit or think you’re due for your next, please call us today to make an appointment with one of our skilled team members who will handle your situation with expertise and care.