Our furry friends can brighten our lives and bring us endless joy. Unfortunately, they also leave a lot of dander and fur all over our homes. This fur and dander can build up and cause problems for our HVAC systems, so it’s important to take steps to protect our HVAC systems from our animals. Here’s what you can do to maintain your HVAC as a pet owner.
Wash Your Pet Regularly
The best way to remove excess fur and dander from your pet is to wash them regularly. The bath will loosen shedding fur and wash it away, along with dander that may build up and cause allergies over time.
Manage Pet Fur and Dander
Clean your floors, surfaces, and furniture of pet hair and dander to prevent it from getting in your HVAC system. Vacuum all your carpets and carpets at least once a week, sweep and mop hard floors every few days, and wipe down any surfaces that may collect dander.
Improve Your HVAC Filter
HVAC filters come in different strengths depending on your needs. The strengths of HVAC filters are measured in MERVs, and pet owners should look for a higher MERV filter for their HVAC systems. High MERV filters will stand up to pet hair better, and they’ll filter more dander out of your air. They’ll also last longer between replacements than lower MERV filters.
Protect Exposed HVAC Parts
If your animals spend any amount of time in your backyard, they pose a risk to your outdoor HVAC unit. They might chew on exposed cords or wires, and dogs could urinate on the outdoor unit. This can do serious damage to your HVAC system. Cover any exposed wires in your yard to prevent chewing or breaking, and keep your outdoor unit covered with waterproof material to protect from dog urine. Try to supervise your pets when you let them in the backyard and discourage them from getting too close to the outdoor unit.
Maintain Air Ducts on A Schedule
If your air ducts sustain damage or tears, they could be exposed to pet hair and dander. Pollutants in your air ducts lowers the quality of air in your home, so be sure to check on and clean your air ducts regularly. If you notice or suspect tears, call an HVAC repair service and schedule repairs as soon as possible. Air ducts transport air throughout your home, and polluted air ducts can worsen allergies, asthma, and common sicknesses like the flu. As a pet owner, it’s important to ensure your air ducts don’t collect hair and dander from your animals.
Quality HVAC Maintenance With Ellis AC
Regular HVAC inspections and maintenance are especially important for pet owners. Ellis AC offers thorough inspections, cleanings, maintenance, and repairs at reasonable prices. We take the time to tell you what we’re doing every step of the way, and to educate you on how you can improve the lifespan of your HVAC system. As a family-owned business, we strive to provide quality service to all our customers. Call or visit our website for a free quote on our top-notch HVAC services!