When you have pets in your house it takes a little more responsibility when keeping your HVAC unit maintained. Pets can have a significant factor on the quality of air you breathe in your house. Follow these simple tips for better comfort and health if you’re a pet owner.
Bathe your Dog on a Regular Basis:
Your dog’s fur is a sponge for dust particles, dirt and pollins. When they go outside roll around in the grass or dirt they bring it all inside within their fur coat. Not washing your dog on a regular basis can damper the air quality inside your home when the particles eventually reach your HVAC system.
Vacuum, Mop & Dust Frequently:
Pet dander is unavoidable with cats and dogs. Take time to vacuum carpets and rugs and mop on a regular basis. The air quality will improve overall and you will have less buildup in your air filter. The robo vacs are great if you are short on time or want to multitask. Be careful if you plan on using chemicals to mop with as these can get on the paws of your pets and be harmful.
Change your Air Filter Every 30 days:
Especially if you have pets. The allergens, dust and pet hair can accumulate over time if you’re not mindful. This can cause your heating and cooling system to work harder using up more energy consumption costing you more money in the long run. Most people can do this on their own but if you’re unsure about your HVAC system hiring a professional HVAC technician may be helpful to at least show you how and also perform quarterly tune-ups and maintenance.
Get a Quality HVAC Filter:
Look at the MERV rating and make sure it’s 8 or higher. These types of air filters are helpful in collection pet dander along with other allergens. There are a few good subscription based air filter companies that will automatically deliver a new air filter each month to your home. FilterEasy.com is a great resource for this kind of service. Then you won’t have to remember the last time you changed your filter.
Maintain Air Ducts:
Make sure your air ducts are sealed and there aren’t any leaks. It’s easy for pet danders to get into your air ducts if they are not properly sealed. This can cause the spread of allergens through your home and make your HVAC system run more than it has to.
Make Sure Exposed Wires Are Hidden:
Pets can find the most interesting things to chew on. If you have any kind of exposed wires near your HVAC system indoors or outdoors make sure to hide them. It can be a serious hazard to your pet and home if certain wires get chewed up.
Keep your Condenser Unit Secluded:
Have a barrier or small chain link fence around your outdoor condenser unit can be helpful if you have dogs. Sometimes they’ll urinate on them or use the side as scratch post bending the fins.
Pets are a true joy to have in your home. Just make sure to keep in mind it takes a little more effort for HVAC maintenance. If your time is limited or you don’t want to mess with your HVAC unit call the skilled HVAC technicians at Art Electric & HVAC Inc at 214-316-5944 to schedule service.