You love your pets, so you are willing to make sacrifices for them. Sure, sometimes Fido slobbers all over you, and Felix the cat hisses if you go anywhere near his favorite spot on the couch, but you wouldn’t trade them for the world. That being said, one of the biggest disadvantages of living with animals is that they tend to get their dander and fur everywhere. As a pet owner, you have probably taken a lint roller to many of your clothes. This is more than just a nuisance; it can actually have an impact on your HVAC system.
As your pet sheds, their hair floats in the air, and it ends up getting stuck in your air filter. This means that you end up with poorer indoor air quality, which is not good for anyone, but is especially problematic for people with asthma or allergies. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have pets; rather, you just need to be more diligent about maintaining your HVAC system. In this blog, we will go over the special considerations pet owners need to make when it comes to their HVAC needs.
Replace Filters Regularly
If you have one or more pets with hair, you need to check your filter more frequently than homeowners without pets. Before it’s due for replacement, pull your HVAC filter out and check if it needs to be cleaned. It’s typical for people with pets in their home to find their filters clogged with hair, skin cells, and other particles. If you have a disposable filter, it may be a good idea to start using reusable filters that you can easily and regularly clean. If you are interested in this option, we can help you here at North Central Florida Heating and Air. Contact us and we can determine the best filter for your system and lifestyle.
Keep Your Home Clean
Housework may not be your favorite thing to do, but there are several reasons why you should prioritize it when you have pets, including the health of your HVAC system. The more you address the pet hair issue when its on your furniture and carpet, the less clogged your air filter will become as a result. Every other day, make a point to vacuum up pet hair, and you will get much more out of your HVAC system.
Groom Your Pet
Another way to proactively address pet hair problems in your home is by going directly to the source. You can buy pet brushes that are specifically designed to remove excess hair and make a point to regularly brush them. Also make sure you are bathing them or taking them to be groomed every few weeks to see a reduction in the amount of pet hair in your home.
Clean Your Ducts
It’s inevitable that things will get stuck in your ducts. With a pet, this will happen more frequently, impacting your indoor air quality. It is in your best interest to have your ducts cleaned every couple of years by an HVAC professional. If you need an HVAC technician to come in and clean your ducts for you, contact North Central Florida Heating and Air. We have many years of experience cleaning ducts and won’t hesitate to come and assess whether or not a duct cleaning could benefit your home.
Adjust Temperature When Your Pets Are Alone
When you are home, you probably have a temperature you prefer for your home. When your pet is home alone, however, they can feel comfortable in a wider temperature range (after all, they’re wearing a fur coat!). To save money while still keeping your pet safe, set your temperature as low as 65 degrees during the winter months and as high as 80 in the summer.
Fence Your Outdoor Unit
You want to make sure that your pet stays away from your outdoor AC unit. While it is safe for your dog or cat to spend time around these units, you don’t want to risk them damaging your unit by chewing or clawing at it. Create a breathable barrier around your AC unit so you don’t have to worry about it.
At North Central Heating and Air, we are happy to help pet owners make the most out of their HVAC systems. Whether you need duct cleaning, heating repair, or AC installation, we can help you with any of your HVAC needs. Contact us today!