Pets are a joy to have around the home. They comfort us when we’re sad, entertain us with their antics and delight us with their personality. No one can deny that they make our lives better. However, having cats, dogs and other furry animals indoors means we have to deal with pet hair and dander. It gets onto your clothes and your furniture and gets caught in the carpets. It can also get into the home’s HVAC system and lead to clogged furnace filters and poor indoor air quality. If you have pets and you want to ensure your home is adequately heated and cooled, there are some things you need to keep in mind. When you follow these HVAC maintenance tips, you’ll have the closest thing to the best of both worlds.
Your Pup or Kitten May Close Your Vents and Registers
Pets enjoy the feeling of warm air on a cold day. They may, therefore, get in the habit of lying down on the vents and registers. You’ll need to check behind them to make sure they don’t close them. Closed vents and registers can cause your system to malfunction since the equipment is designed to send air to a set amount of space. This can decrease the efficiency of your system and reduce its lifespan.
You’ll Need to Change Your Filters More Frequently
It won’t take long for your pet’s fur to begin to clog your furnace’s filters. This will make it harder for the system to function. In addition, your pet will track dirt and other contaminants into your home, and these may be caught by the filters. The cleaners you use to clean up their messes can also reduce your indoor air quality. That’s why filters in households with pets should ideally be replaced every month.
The more pets you have, the more important it is to change your filters regularly. If you want to go a slightly longer period without replacing your filters, you need to buy higher quality products. Inexpensive filters can cost you more money in the long run. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are best for capturing dander.
Clean Your Air Vents Often
Hair and pet dander can also get into your air vents. This too can affect the functioning of your HVAC system. When you vacuum, remember to use the hose feature to get the dust and fur from around your vents.
Close the Door After You Let Your Pets Outside
Animals often want to go explore the yard. Cats, especially, tend to like going outside and coming back in frequently. That’s why many owners prefer to leave the door open. However, doing so lets the heat out and reduces your furnace’s effectiveness. Open the door as briefly as possible and watch to see when your pet is ready to come back inside.
Pay Attention to Your Pets’ Grooming
Regular grooming reduces shedding so this will limit the amount of cleaning you have to do. It will also prolong the life of your air filters and air ducts. If you don’t have the time to groom your pets on a regular schedule, take them to the groomer. They’ll enjoy the attention and you’ll have a cleaner, more efficient home.
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned Regularly
Even with adequate grooming, some hair will still end up in the air ducts. These provide a breeding ground for harmful viruses and bacteria. It’s best that you get a professional duct cleaning service. However, if you want to do the job yourself, you need to remember to turn off the air conditioning first. This prevents you from breathing in excess dirty air and creating hazards.
Invest in an Air Purifier
Air purifiers can reduce the burden on your air filters. HEPA purifiers can remove up to 99.97 percent of dander from the air in your home. However, purifiers don’t only reduce the amount of hair and dander which gets into your ventilation system. They also take care of other airborne allergens. If you or your family members are allergy sufferers, air purifiers can make having a pet more tolerable.
Call C&L Services for All Your HVAC Maintenance Needs
There’s a lot you can do to ensure your furry pals don’t compromise your HVAC system. However, keeping your vents and filters in tip-top shape also requires regular professional maintenance. At C&L Services, we’ll clean your system and ensure any potential risks are addressed. Our experienced team will work hard to prolong the life of your HVAC system. Contact us today to schedule an inspection or ask questions.
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