We all know that our pets are considered to be members of our families, and we also know how important it is to do everything that we can in order to ensure that they are healthy. At the same time, we also want to do everything we can to keep the homes that they live in healthy as well.
Pets can have a rather serious impact on the indoor air quality of a home, as well as overall HVAC efficiency, thanks to dander, fur, and the fact that they can track in all sorts of things from being outdoors. Thankfully, there are all sorts of tips to make note of in order to prevent these issues from taking place.
Here are Four HVAC Tips for Pet Owners should consider following.
*First and foremost, always make sure that your pet is well-groomed. This means that you should always take the time to ensure that they are clean and that their fur is trimmed. By doing so, you will be working to make sure that both your home and indoor air will always remain clean. The less your pet sheds, the less amount of fur there will be in your ducts and filters. Generally, you will want to brush your pet every couple of days in order to reduce the amount of hair, as well as promote a coat that’s both healthy and clean. When it comes to bathing, this is something that will only need to be done every two to four months, with the only exception being if your pet has gotten into something extremely dirty or smelly.
*It’s also important to ensure that you keep your outdoor HVAC unit protected from your pets. For instance, if your pet were to “mark its territory” on your unit, this could lead to the unit itself being damaged over time thanks to corrosion. In order to prevent something like this from happening, as well as other potential issues involving your pet, take the time to speak to your local HVAC professional about what type of enclosure would be best to invest in in order to keep not just your pet away from the unit, but also other animals as well.
*Keeping your carpets clean is another important tip to follow as well in order to help improve the overall indoor air quality of your home. There are all sorts of airborne contaminants that can create a negative impact on both you and your family in terms of health, with symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, headache, dizziness, dry eyes, nausea, and so much more. When it comes to pets, do your best to try to keep them from getting onto furniture, especially if they have also been outdoors for any length of time.
*It’s also especially important to ensure that you keep the filter of your HVAC unit clean as well. As far as when the filter itself should be changed, this will depend on the not only the type of filter that you have, but also how often you use your unit and whether or not you have any pets. In the event that you do have pets, then your filter should be changed approximately every 30 to 60 days. Regardless, you should always check how clean your filter is every 30 days and regularly change it whenever it’s needed.