Cats and dogs are beloved by many, and numerous people within Brant County share their homes with pets. If you live with a furry or feathered friend, there are several things that you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that your home’s HVAC system is running smoothly, and that your home’s air quality is not compromised.
Most people who suffer from allergies to cats and dogs aren’t allergic to the actual pet’s hair, but rather the pet’s dander, which can also seriously affect your home’s air quality. This can occur as the dander accumulates and is distributed throughout your home by way of your HVAC system. The most important step in reducing pet dander in your home is prevention. Regular grooming of your pet is essential to their health and wellbeing. Plus, it can also make a huge difference in the amount of dander they produce. Bathe your dog or cat using a gentle, moisturizing soap and brush your pet’s fur regularly.
With all of that hair and dander floating around your home and being sucked up into your HVAC system, it is likely getting captured and trapped by the air filter, clogging it much faster than a filter in a home of non-pet owner. We usually recommend replacing your filter every 3 months or so. For pet owners however, it is likely that your filter will need replacing every month.
Even better than just simply changing your air filter more frequently is to invest in your home’s air quality by upgrading your filter. Some filters are made of densely packed layers of fibers which can capture ultrafine dust and dirt particles. Pet owners should greatly consider higher rated air filters to better clean the air as it passes through the filter.
Having your home’s ducts cleaned can go a long way in dealing with pet dander, along with other dirt particles. These particles can easily get trapped within your ductwork, which is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Since your home’s air passes through this ductwork, the trapped dirt, bacteria and mold will get discharged throughout your home each time your HVAC system is turned on. Having your ducts cleaned can eliminate this recirculating dirt and dander.
You might like to keep the thermostat set at 72 degrees year-round, but your pets can remain safe and comfortable with a much wider temperature range. You could save energy and money by setting your temperature as low as 65 degrees in the winter and as high as 80 degrees in the summer when only your pets are at home. Bonus: ceiling fans can stay off too.
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 it. The fence also provides a barrier to other outdoor debris such as dirt.
Using these tips as part of your routine will help you save energy, extend the life of your HVAC system and keep your pets safe and comfortable. If you’re considering duct cleaning, upgrading your HVAC filter or switching to a smart thermostat to help you save energy and money, contact Crystal Heating and Cooling today.