HVAC Care for the Pet Owner
Dogs, cats and other furry pets bring plenty of love and entertainment into your homes, but that is not all they bring.
Hair, dander and outside dirt are also added to the home with pets, making it more difficult to keep the surfaces and air clean. For those with an HVAC system, it is important to understand how the extra element of pets can impact your maintenance and efficiency levels. Here are some factors to consider about the care of your HVAC and air quality if you are a pet owner.
Impacts on Air Filtration
The more contaminants that are in the air, the quicker the filters in your HVAC system will become dirty. Clogged filters reduce energy efficiency and can impact the air quality in your home. Pet hair and dander add to the dust, mold and other particles that are cleaned from the air by your HVAC filter. The size and number of pets you have can increase this impact on your air filters and your HVAC efficiency.
If you have one or more furry friends living in your home, you should expect to change your air filters at a more demanding frequency. For filters that should normally be replaced every 1-2 months, you may need to replace them at 2-3 week intervals. Check your filters regularly and replace when you can see visible accumulation of dirt, debris or hair that can limit air flow and cause strain on your HVAC unit.
Reducing Hair in the Air
Replacing air filters every few weeks can get expensive, but there are other ways to reduce the amount of hair in the air. Pet owners are no strangers to the mess that their furry friends can cause in their homes. Hair balls on hardwood floors, hair on the carpets and even hair on the furniture, along with more dust on all surfaces, are all familiar challenges for cats and dog owners. To keep this hair from floating into your HVAC system, here are a few tips:
- Grooming: Frequent baths and brushing can help minimize the hair lost in your home. Whether you bring them to a groomer or do it yourself, removing hair through bathing and brushing will make your pets feel and look good, while reducing the amount shed in your home.
- Frequent vacuuming: Pet owners need to sweep and vacuum more often to keep hair under control. Consider an auto/robot vacuum that will do the demanding work for you and keep your floors clean day in and day out.
- Dusting and furniture covers: Dander and hair land everywhere, including tables, chairs and couches. Dust frequently with a damp cloth collect layers of dust and use furniture covers that can be washed. This will help to minimize the dander, hair and dust in your air.
Other HVAC Pet Tips
One top of reducing hair and dander in your home that can impact your air filters in your HVAC, there are other factors to consider. Here are some other tips to protect your HVAC system and keep it efficient throughout the year when you have pets.
- Fence around outdoor unit: Do you have an outdoor component to your HVAC system? If you do, make sure pets do not have access to this unit. You do not want cats laying on top of your condenser unit, dogs urinating on the sides or other pet damage to occur, so fence around the outdoor unit to keep it and your pets protected.
- Duct cleaning: More pet dander and hair can lead to dirtier duct work in your home. Make sure to have your ducts inspected at least once every two years to determine if they need cleaning to maintain good air quality in your home.
- Pet doors: If you have a pet door in your home, make sure this convenient door is not impacting your energy efficiency and HVAC system. Choose a pet door that seals after use to reduce leaked air that can raise your electric bills and put extra strain on your HVAC system.
- Cover any exposed wiring: Cats and dogs have been known to chew on wiring, causing expensive damage and putting their health at risk. Make sure all wiring for your HVAC is covered inside and outside your home to prevent from Fido deciding to make it a chew toy.
At Mason Mechanical, we are dedicated to helping you get the most efficiency from your HVAC system through regular maintenance and repairs when needed. Routine service, duct cleaning and filtration options can help you keep your HVAC in excellent condition, even if you have furry family members in your home. Contact us when you are ready for your next service to keep your HVAC system working efficiently and give you more tips to improve its performance with pets in the home.