HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners
Do you share your home with FUR babies? If so, did you know it doubles your responsibility when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system. Pets have a direct effect on the quality of the air you breathe. Be extra mindful and follow these tips to secure your health while sharing comfort with your furry friends!
Give your pet baths regularly
Dirt and pollen can accumulate in your pets fur. Therefore it’s good to bathe them regularly. These particles are major potential causes of allergies which can easily be circulated in your home and may reduce air quality. Keeping your pet clean can help to avoid discomforts and health risks.
Keep your house clean
Pet hair and dander are in almost every corner of your house. Be sure to vacuum carpets, wipe down furniture and mop the floor.
Maintain your HVAC system regularly
You need to maintain your system regularly to prevent the spread of allergens brought by having pets living in your home. Pet hair and dander can block filter which reduces the efficiency of your unit and may cause an increase in your energy consumption.
Upgrade your HVAC filter
Choose an HVAC filter with high MERV rating for more efficient function. A MERV rating of 8 and higher is the AC filter fit for homes with pets. It helps to filters airborne allergen, pollutants and contaminants.
Seal your ducts
Pet hairs and dander can find their way in to your air ducts if there are any leaks present. Your air duct transports the air from your HVAC system throughout your home. Always make sure there are no leaks and regularly clean your AC ducts.
Hide exposed wires
This may be a no brainier, but your pet may find wires fun to play and good to chew. If that happens, it can cause serious problems in your unit as well as your safety. Keep wires hidden and out of reach of your playful pets to avoid hazards.
Cover your condenser unit
Although they are located outside, your pet can find its way there and may damage the fins of a condenser. Some pets such as dogs may urinate on it which can cause problems over time. Make sure to put up fence or barrier to avoid these situations.
It’s not a bad idea to have pets at home. What you need is an extra sense of responsibility for your HVAC systems. Call Kool AC at #225.328.1141