Furry friends bring plenty of love to a home, but they can also strain your HVAC system. Whether you have one or five pets, maintaining optimal indoor air quality is important to keep your loved ones safe from allergies and to extend the longevity of your heating and cooling system.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your HVAC when you have pets at home.
1. Replace Filters Regularly
With pets around the house, your HVAC filter will likely clog up faster. Check your filter regularly to avoid premature fur and debris blockages that can drastically diminish the efficiency of your HVAC system.
If your filter is clogging too fast, consider replacing it with a reusable one that you can clean regularly. Ask your HVAC contractor about the best filtration to ensure optimal performance of your home's heating and cooling system.
2. Repair Leaky Ducts
Seal leaky ducts to prevent pet dander from entering the HVAC. Leaks in the ductwork will cause your system to suck up dust, debris, and dander, especially in your crawlspace or attic. When you turn on your HVAC, this dirt is blown out to the rest of the house, lowering the indoor air quality. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help to identify leaks early.
3. Regulate Temperatures
Dust mites thrive in warmer environments, and these can quickly clog up your HVAC. If you leave pets at home during the summer, set your thermostat in the 78 to 80 degrees range to keep them comfortable and the house adequately cool.
Running your cooling system at 78 degrees can also save you 6 to 18 percent on your bill. Turn off the fans too. Feline and canine bodies are not covered in sweat glands, so pets do not benefit much from overhead electric fans.
4. Enclose Your Air Conditioning Unit
When pets are left unattended, they can chew on the AC unit's cables and fins. This can cause electrical hazards, and the cost of repairing damaged parts can add up quickly. Consider building a fence around your outdoor AC unit to keep the pets off.
You should also train your pets to stay away from the condenser when relieving themselves to prevent urine from corroding parts of the condenser.
5. Install a HEPA Filter
If you have allergies, even changing your HVAC filter regularly may not help to alleviate the effects of pet dander. To drastically improve indoor air quality, consider installing HEPA filters instead. These filters do a better job of trapping minute pet dander and they prevent irritating particles from circulating back into your house. HEPA filters can also extend the longevity of your HVAC system.
6. Maintain Overall Hygiene at Home
Invest in a vacuum cleaner to easily clean up pet hair around the home. Regular cleaning will protect filters from prematurely clogging and improve the efficiency of your home heating and cooling system.
Another way to get the most from your filters is to groom your pet every few weeks to prevent excessive hair and dander from spreading all over the house and becoming trapped in the filter.
In addition to taking preemptive measures, you can benefit from preventative maintenance of your HVAC system. A qualified contractor can help to identify problems such as duct leaks, inefficient filtration, and potential electrical hazards and fix these before it is too late.
At A & A Service Co., we specialize in installing, maintaining, and repairing all kinds of HVAC systems. Whether you are considering duct cleaning, a change out, an upgrade, or preventative maintenance, get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist you.