Pets are just as part of the family as any human would be. They need to be loved, fed, and cared for just like anyone else. The only difference is that most of them have a lot of hair and that hair can get in hard to reach places such as your HVAC system. It is no secret that pets can affect your air quality, but it is a thought that gets pushed to the back of our minds. If you are a pet owner and you believe your HVAC system is having some trouble here are some HVAC maintenance tips to consider!
Seal the Ducts in Your Home
The air ducts in your home are there for one reason, and that’s to transport the air into your home. A very common thing we see is those ducts getting covered and filled with pet hair from dogs and cats. As this air pushes through the air ducts it is getting caught up in the particles. This leads to the rest of the home and makes it more difficult to breathe. To limit the build up you want to make sure your air ducts are sealed properly. HVAC maintenance tips such as this can remove dust and debris and keep it from circulating throughout your entire home. Even the little cracks can allow the dirt to travel throughout your home. You want to take a closer look at your ducts and make sure these little crevasses are sealed because it can make a huge difference in your ability to breathe.
Look into a Filter Change
You should already be changing your air filters regularly in order to keep your HVAC system running properly but if you are a pet owner you might want to consider changing them move often. A pet’s fur can not only get in air ducts but also your air filters. In air filters the dirt and hair are trapped. As the buildup continues this provides a blockage. The HVAC unit doesn’t know there is a blockage so will continue to work even harder to provide you with the AC you want and deserve. This then skyrockets the energy bills with now increase in air quality. The more pets you have the more often you should change your filter. As always, it is never a bad idea to change your air filter. It will end up costing more money in the long run anyway.
Your Pets Might Need a Grooming
Grooming your pets is one of the healthiest things you can do for your HVAC system and your pets! By grooming your pets regularly, you can reduce the amount of shedding immensely. The less fur your pet sheds the less likely it is going to be caught in your air ducts and filters! This is an easy way to help your home and your bills and it’s a win for everyone!
They say dog is a man’s best friend but a dog is not an HVAC systems best friend. Allow your home and best friend to get along by taking care of your HVAC system. Call Nelson Comfort for all of your heating and cooling needs!