Furry friends bring many people across the country a significant amount of joy, but the pet hair and dander they produce are a different story. Constant shedding, rubbing, and petting creates an unlimited source of pet hair that can impact your home’s air quality and affect the efficiency of your HVAC system. When their fur and natural dander gets into the air, no amount of vacuuming can fully get it out. Regular HVAC maintenance is essential in keeping your system and air quality in good condition while your pet sheds hair and dander. Below our team shares practical tips to take care of your HVAC system, air quality, and furry friend all at once!
Clean air conditioning filters often.
Your pet’s hair attaches to more items than your favorite sweater or pants. It floats through the air and into the nearest air vent. Inside the vent, it collects together with dust, dirt, and other debris to form one big hairy mess. When this happens, your HVAC system works harder to provide proper heating and cooling, increasing your monthly energy bill. Frequently changing your air filter at least once a month can extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Groom your pets frequently.
You can save yourself from frequent air conditioning filter changes by grooming and brushing your pet regularly. Brushing your furry companion picks up the hair instead of allowing it to float and circulate through the air. Your pets are more likely to shed during the summer than winter, so take your pup or cat outside, where you can easily clean and dispose of the pet hair. You should also bathe your pet often, which not only keeps them comfortable, but it also helps cut back on the dander and hair that your HVAC system sucks in.
Vacuum and clean your home regularly.
Pet dander is a major irritant that can severely affect those who suffer from asthma or allergies. Regularly vacuuming and cleaning can help eliminate hair and dander, which will otherwise end up clogging your air filters. Cleaning and vacuuming twice a week can reduce the amount of fur and dander your filter has to handle each month. You can also contact an HVAC contractor who can perform an air duct cleaning service for a more professional cleaning.
Invest in a programmable thermostat.
Save money and keep your pets comfortable while you’re away with a programmable thermostat. When you aren’t home, a programmable thermostat allows you to lower, raise, or turn off the temperature settings in your home. Ideal temperatures when you’re away in the summer should be between 75 to 78 degrees and 69 to 72 in the winter to keep costs down and pets comfortable.
Receive routine HVAC maintenance.
Finally, keep up with routine HVAC maintenance. Your maintenance schedule should include an inspection or tune-up at least once or twice a year. It’s wise to mention you have pets so your technician can make suggestions on how to best take care of your system and protect it from excessive pet hair.
Get Help From HVAC Contractors You Can Trust
Don’t let pet hair stress out your HVAC system! With these valuable tips, you can keep the fur and dander at bay and enjoy cleaner, healthier air in your home. If you need help improving the air quality at your property, you can trust the indoor air quality experts at Clay’s Climate Control. Contact us at 609-916-1106 to schedule an appointment.