Owning a pet is a lot of responsibility: feeding, exercising, and grooming; but it can also provide a series of benefits: companionship, security, and emotional aid. You can usually identify a pet owner by the pet hair on their clothing. No matter how much you clean your home or groom your pet, the hair gets everywhere. Including inside your HVAC system. Pet owners will have to make extra considerations of keeping up with regular maintenance of their HVAC system to keep it operating smoothly and efficiently.
- Replace Filters
Having a pet likely means that there is pet hair and dander floating around your home and being sucked up into your HVAC system. The hair and dander is captured and trapped by the air filter of your HVAC system and can clog it faster than the filter in a home of a non-pet owner. On average, air filters are supposed to be changed every 1 to 3 months. For pet owners, it is likely that their filter will need replacing every month. Non-pet owners can check and replace their filter every 2 or 3 months as necessary. Pet owners should also consider higher rated air filters to better clean the air as it passes through the filter.
- Keep Your Home Clean
Although you probably already perform a weekly routine of thorough cleaning, sweeping or vacuuming up loose pet hair daily or every other day will keep it out of your HVAC system, especially if you have a pet that sheds a lot of hair. It may even extend the life of your air filter.
- Regularly Groom Your Pet
A clean coat is less likely to track dander or dirt all over the house. The best way to keep their coat clean is to brush them out after a long period outside. Baths should be given in accordance to your pets regular grooming schedule or if your pet is noticeable dirty or smells. Also, using a brush specifically designed for de-shedding your pet will lessen the amount of pet hair you fur baby gets all over your house.
- Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Over time, dust, debris, pet hair, and other particles can get stuck in the duct work of your HVAC system. When your HVAC technician comes for your scheduled annual maintenance ask to have your duct work inspected for build-up and if needed, have your ducts cleaned out. The removal of pet hair, dander, and other particle build-up will help to improve the air quality of your home.
- Fence Off Your Outdoor Unit
If your outdoor unit is located where your pets may have access to while outside, you should block it off or put a fence around it. This will help provide a barrier to keep curious pets away and prevent them from chewing on any parts, urinating on the unit, or laying close to the unit, where their hair can build up in the outside unit. The fence also provides as a barrier to other outdoor debris.
- Adjust Your Thermostats While You Are Away
You may feel guilty or like a bad pet parent for turning up your thermostat while you are gone all day (or turning it down in the winter) but the truth is that your pet is capable of staying comfortable, and safe, in a wider range of temperatures than you may realize. During summer months, if you will be out of your home for 6 hours or more, set your thermostat a few degrees higher than you usually keep it, but no higher than 80 degrees. In winter months, you can lower the thermostat as low as 65 degrees.