HVAC maintenance tips for homeowners with pets
The hair from your pets—dogs and cats especially—can really impact the ability of your HVAC system to run effectively. All that dander and fur hinders the quality of your indoor air, and creates a breeding ground for allergies and irritation.
If you own a pet, these essential tips will help to extend the life of your HVAC system. They will also help ensure optimum air quality for all members of your family—the furry ones too!
Keep your pets clean
Furry loved ones fill your home with unconditional love and affection. They also fill your home with a whole lot of hair and dander. One of the more effective ways to avoid hair build-up in your HVAC system is with prevention tactics.
Regular grooming is excellent for your pet and will significantly reduce the amount of airborne hair and fur that will head straight for your HVAC system. Brushing your pet outdoors and frequent bathing will help eliminate the microscopic pet dander, dust, and pollen that are the leading causes of pet allergies.
Keep your house clean
Staying on top of regular, frequent vacuuming will help reduce the amount of pet hair throughout your home that gets carried into the ventilation system.
Change your HVAC’s air filters—regularly
Having a pet means that you should change your system’s air filter more often than homeowners without a pet.
Check the air filter once a month to make sure it isn’t dirty or clogged with pet hair and dander. A clogged air filter equals higher utility bills and can shorten the life of your HVAC system.
Use a HEPA filter
For some pet owners—especially those with allergies—a HEPA filter can drastically improve indoor air quality and extend the life of your HVAC system.
Upgrading to a HEPA filter reduces allergens by 99.7 percent by trapping microscopic dander into the filter and preventing it from being released into the air.
Barricade your outdoor unit
If your pet has free run of the yard, they pose a threat to your outside unit (and even themselves).
Your pet could claw the fins on the condenser coils, and injure themselves, damage the unit, or both. Over time, pet urine can cause the fins to erode and even result in costly refrigerant leaks.
Avoid any of these issues by putting a fence or some type of barrier around your outdoor HVAC unit.
Schedule routine maintenance
Regular HVAC maintenance is essential for a healthy system. It’s important for pet owners to consider the benefits of yearly maintenance by an HVAC expert to get the most out of their system.
Regular maintenance helps improve the efficiency of your system and saves on energy bills. It also catches issues early, resulting in reduced repair bills and a healthier home all year long—especially one with pets.
It can be hard to remember when it’s time to call and book some maintenance. That’s why we have our Comfort Club! It’s free and requires zero commitment. All you need to do is fill out a simple form, and we will remind you about your service when the time comes.
Give us a call at 250-465-2490 with any questions or concerns. We love hearing from you!