One thing is certain: we love all of our fluffy companions! Curious felines and loyal puppies are an important part of any household. But there’s one other certainty: pets have a habit of shedding all over the place. Additionally, every pet owner knows that dogs and cats will investigate absolutely everything, including vents and other household fixtures. Here are a few tips on keeping your HVAC system running smoothly despite your pet’s fallen fur!
1. Grooming is Number One
Like humans, dogs and cats need a trim every once in a while. But getting a haircut is much more than just for the sake of style. The cycle of air through your home means that fur can get trapped inside of your HVAC system as well as the vents of your home. This can lead to poor performance and even respiratory problems as fur and dandruff pile up in your system. Keeping pets nicely groomed can prevent these issues.
2. Change Your Filters Regularly
Of course, even if your dogs and cats are well-groomed, air conditioning and heating filters still need to be changed. This is especially true for pet owners. Neglecting the replacement of filters can cause your system to run poorly and even put a strain on the hardware, often leading to further problems. Filters should be changed every three to six months. We recommend every three months for pet owners!
3. Keep Your Carpets and Floors Clean
It’s true, dogs and cats shed just about everywhere. But the floor of your home is a major source of that fallen fur, itself a kind of filter for everything your family tracks into the house. Keep your floors swept and vacuumed as often as needed to reduce any airborne fur or hair that may be sucked into your HVAC system. This will save you money on filters and repair problems down the line.
4. Protect Your Outdoor AC Unit
With its constant noises and air blowing out of the box, It’s unfortunate that your outdoor AC unit can be an irresistible source of curiosity to your dogs or cats. Apart from the damage they can cause with their claws and teeth and shedding fur directly into the unit, any exposed moving parts can cause accidents. Keep your outdoor AC unit guarded against outdoor pets with fencing and other obstacles.
5. Inspect Your Air Vents
The average home needs its air ducts inspected and cleaned once every three to five years. Despite this, it isn’t a bad idea to keep an eye on the vents of your home. Any build-up of shedding fur can be easily vacuumed up instead of waiting for it to get stuck inside your HVAC filters. A little prevention goes a long way.
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