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HVAC Maintenance Tips for South Carolina Cat and Dog Owners

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Pets are a joy to have in the home but if you don’t take special precautions, they can have a negative effect on your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. If you’re one of the thousands of cat and dog owners in the country, you know that they bring dust, dirt, fur, and dander inside. These can be harmful to both your health and your HVAC system. Therefore, in addition to feeding your furry friends, playing with them, and cleaning up after them, you also need to pay closer attention to your indoor air quality. In this post, we’ll share some tips on how you can ward off problems and ensure your HVAC system remains efficient if you have dogs and/or cats. An Anderson HVAC professional can provide more personalized advice.

Take Good Care of Your Pets

As cat and dog owners, you should know that you can reduce the amount of fur your pets shed by bathing, brushing, and grooming them often. Doing so will make your HVAC system more efficient. If your filters are taking in less fur, your system won’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your home.

Protect Your HVAC System 

Cat and dog owners know their pets will play with anything they can get a hold of and often, they’ll bite or chew the object. That’s why you need to ensure that wires and other dangerous parts of your HVAC system are enclosed or otherwise protected. This will ensure your system remains in good working order and your cat or dog stays safe.

Get Your Air Ducts and Vents Cleaned Professionally

Clogged air ducts can lead to the growth of bacteria and viruses. If you have pets, their hair is likely getting into your ducts and vents. This can compromise both the performance and the lifespan of your system and you may notice that the temperature isn’t the same as you move from room to room. You should schedule a professional inspection and cleaning so any problems can be addressed while they’re still minor.

Change Your Filters Regularly

Air filters should generally be changed quarterly. However, if you have pets, you may need to have a different schedule, especially if someone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies. Clogged filters will reduce the efficiency of your system while also allowing dust, dander, and dirt to remain in the air.

Get an Air Purifier

To help ensure the air in your home is clean and free of pollutants, you may want to consider getting an air purifier. An HVAC professional can advise you on the best options for your space and your budget. An air purifier will keep your HVAC system clean while also helping to keep your family’s allergies at bay.

Ensure the Pet Door Isn’t Draining Energy 

Having a pet door is convenient but it can also be causing your home to use more energy than it should. Pet doors are often installed without any consideration being given to the caulking around the opening. However, you need to ensure the door is properly sealed to avoid unnecessary strain on your system.

Protect Your Exterior Condenser Units

If your dog roams around your yard, you need to enclose your exterior unit. Otherwise, the pup could damage the condenser coils fins with their claws while also injuring themselves. Dogs may also be inclined to urinate on the condenser. This could cause the fins to erode over time and you may end up with a refrigerant leak. To avoid these problems, you should erect a fence or some other type of barrier to keep your dog away from the unit.

Get Regular Professional Maintenance for Cat and Dog Owners

Even if you do everything we’ve suggested above, you’ll still need to have a licensed, certified HVAC professional inspect and maintain your system. This is will ensure that your pet’s fur and dander don’t cause problems for your family or your HVAC system. Preventative maintenance also generally extends the life of your equipment and reduces the likelihood that you will need emergency repairs.

Let C&L Services Assist You in Ensuring Your HVAC System is As Efficient as Possible

Your HVAC system is too important to ignore. While dust and dirt will get into any system, pets bring the added danger of dander and fur. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to mean that your system will be compromised or your family’s health will suffer. Our team of HVAC professionals at C&L Services can help you to prolong the lifespan of your system and keep it in proper working order all year round. Schedule an inspection and let us give you and your family peace of mind.

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