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HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

  • Aug 31, 2020

Your furry friend may greet you at the door every time you arrive home. You might enjoy snuggles and playtime with him or her. However, your furry friend probably leaves a trail of fur and dander behind, which can, unfortunately, cause issues with your HVAC unit. Routine pet care, house cleaning, and HVAC cleaning can help, though.

1. Sweep Regularly

You may see the pet fur on your sofa, carpeting, and every other surface in your home and not feel it’s an issue. However, all this fur may accumulate in your HVAC system’s ducts as well as in your HVAC unit.

One way to minimize the dander and fur that circulate in your home and wind up in your unit is to sweep regularly. If you don’t already have a vacuum with attachments to clean upholstery, you may want to invest in one.

2. Create an Animal-Only Spot

Additionally, if you have too much to sweep and too little time, you might want to consider the option of a designated spot for your furry friend, whether that’s a bed on the floor or a blanket carefully placed on a sofa. When your pet has a spot just for him or her, you keep some of the fur contained to one area.

3. Bathe Your Pet Regularly

While a pet bath isn’t always an easy task, this chore can reduce some of the fur your pet loses throughout your home.

You also decrease the amount of dander that circulates throughout your home, which could benefit your family’s health and your HVAC unit.

4. Brush Your Pet Frequently

Another way to limit the pet fur in your home is to brush your canine or feline on a regular basis. A routine brushing removes the dead hair and skin flakes that end up in your home.

Plus, regular brushing helps distribute your pet’s natural oils so his or her coat looks healthier.

5. Clean Your HVAC Filter Often

Unfortunately, no matter how well you take care of your pets, you can’t stop the shedders from shedding. However, you can take proactive steps to keep fur from the inside of your HVAC unit. One way to accomplish this is with routine furnace filter cleanings or changes. Generally, you would want to clean or change your furnace filter at least once every 90 days.

However, pet owners need to change their furnace filters more often. You also want to evaluate when your pet sheds the most because these high-shedding times are when you want to clean or change your furnace filter even more frequently.

6. Clean Your Vents and Ducts

Besides your furnace filter, pet fur also collects in your vents, which prohibits how much air flows into your home. Ultimately, you should check your vents on a regular basis and clean them as necessary.

The fur may also end up in the ducts of your HVAC system, which restricts the amount of air that flows into your home. Additionally, this issue affects the air quality of your home. Since duct cleaning is a major task, you may want to hire a professional company to assist you. This company can inform you about the ideal schedule for duct cleaning for your home.

Routine pet care decreases the amount of pet hair in the air and throughout your home. This care isn’t enough to fully reduce your pet’s impact on your HVAC system though, so you’ll also need to take care of your unit.

Schedule an appointment if you notice any issues with your HVAC unit, whether from your pet or not, by contacting Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning today.