Having your cute pets at home signifies doubled responsibility when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system. Your pet has a direct effect on the quality of air you breathe in your home. Be extra mindful and follow these tips to secure your health while sharing comfort with your furry friends!
Give your pet regular baths.
Pollens and dirt can accumulate in your pets’ fur so 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. Keep your pet clean to avoid discomforts and health risks.
Keep your house clean.
Even trained, you cannot stop your pets from staying in one corner to another doing their animal routines. In turn, pet hair and dander are almost in every corner of your house. Be sure to vacuum clean carpets and furniture and mop the floor.
Maintain your HVAC system regularly.
You can check your heating and cooling system all by yourself or you can hire HVAC personnel to do the job for you. Either way, you need to maintain your system regularly to prevent the spread of allergens brought by having pets in the house. 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.
There is also variation in terms of HVAC filters. If you’re planning to have a pet, 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 filters airborne allergen, pollutants and contaminants.
Seal your ducts.
Pet hairs and dander can find their way to your air ducts if leaks are present. Your air duct transports the air from your HVAC system throughout your home. Make sure there are no leaks and regularly clean your AC ducts.
Hide exposed wires.
Your pet may find wires fun to play and good to chew. If that happens, it can cause problem 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.
Keep your condenser unit closed. Although they are located outside, your pet can find its way there and may damage the fins. Some pets such as dogs may urinate on it which can cause problems in the future. Make sure to put fence or any 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. If you can’t spare time to check your units, let the skilled technicians at Walker Heating and Cleaning do the job for you. Call us at 903-508-4717.