HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

Americans
are a nation of pet lovers. We treat our pets with the same consideration
parents give their kids. And rightfully so, our pets are incredible. They make
us laugh, give us comfort, and are always happy to see us.

Having
furry babies also means having fur and dander in our homes, however. This can be
impactful to your home’s indoor air quality and HVAC efficiency, warns Florida
PM & Sales
.

Luckily,
there is a way to solve that.

If
you have a dog or a cat or any other furry friend, here are a couple of tips to
ensure your HVAC system works efficiently.

Tip #1: Clean the air ducts.

Air
ducts can get clogged up with dust, dirt, fur, and dander. When they clogged up
by these materials, their efficiency drops. This can not only mean bad air quality for you and your loved ones, but this can
also mean high energy costs.

In
addition, clogged air ducts also provide the perfect environment for mold and
pests. Left unattended, this can grow to be a huge problem.

Now,
you can either clean the air ducts
yourself or hire a professional. If you decide to take the DIY route, just
remember to switch off the AC first to prevent hazards and protect yourself
from breathing in more contaminated air than necessary.

Tip #2: Clean the air vents.

Clogged
air vents are great breeding grounds for harmful bacteria and other micro-organisms.
Clogged vents normally go undetected until it’s too late mainly because an HVAC
unit requires that a vent system be spread throughout a home.

This
makes it difficult for homeowners to detect a problem until the problem has
become serious. One of the common symptoms of a clogged air vent system is a
higher than normal electric bill. This is usually because the system has to work
under a lot of stress to maintain a specific temperature in your home.

Thankfully,
cleaning air vents is something that you can do. Just as you would when
cleaning a clogged air duct, begin by switching off the HVAC system. Then,
unscrew the air duct covers or grilles from the walls. And lastly, clean the
gates thoroughly using a brush.

Tip #3: Change your AC filters regularly.

Pet
dander is airborne and can get caught in your air conditioner’s air filters. And
remember, this is in addition to the massive amounts of hair that your dog or
cat would have shed throughout your home.

With
time, these tiny particles combine with dust to form a hardened substance that
blocks airflow. This will mean that your AC will have to work extra hard to
cool your home, which will result in higher energy bills.

Therefore,
make cleaning your air filters a regular habit. And the more pets you have, the
more often you’ll need to clean and change them. The same is also true if you
have a family member that suffers from allergies.

Tip #4: Get an air purifier.

An
air purifier will help get rid of
dust, mold, pollen, and dander. They can remover up to 99% of all airborne
bacteria.

You
can expect to spend anywhere between $1000 and several thousand dollars,
depending on the one you choose. Some of the most common types of air purifiers
include:

  • Ozone
  • Negative Ion
  • UV Technology
  • Activated Carbon Technology
  • HEPA Technology

Tip #5: Groom your pets on a regular basis.

Grooming
helps get rid of dander and stray hairs that can exacerbate human allergies. The
more regularly you groom your cat or dog, the less dander and hair you’ll see
around your home.

So,
how do you groom your pet? Well, it’s rather easy. Firstly, choose a brush of
the right size and texture for your pet. Next, begin stroking the brush gently
starting from the pet’s head down the body to the tail.

Brushing
gently will help prevent damage to your pet’s skin. Lastly, brush the chest and
abdomen and do it even more gently as fur in this area is often thinner and the
skin more sensitive than other areas.

Tip
#6: Hire professionals.

To
keep your vents and filters in good condition, there is only so much you can do
yourself. By ensuring your HVAC system is regularly maintained, you can ensure:

  • Fewer repairs – Routine maintenance can help
    catch problems early before they become serious and costly.
  • Lower energy bills – A
    regularly maintained HVAC system works at peak efficiency. This ensures
    that energy bills are kept in check.
  • Healthier air – A dirty system
    can’t supply clean, healthy air to your family. But with regular
    maintenance, you can rest easy knowing your HVAC system is free from dust,
    pet dander, and any other contaminant.

There you have it. 6 HVAC tips to help keep your pet, home, and family healthy for
years to come. When hiring an HVAC technician, just remember to do due diligence.

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