HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Pets can be one of the most delightful additions to your family. Once they are inside the house, you will hardly realize how they become such an important part of the family. Still, one thing you should never underestimate is that pets come with unexpected responsibilities. In this case, we are talking about the mess they create all across the house, be it with their hairs or dirt that they love to gather. According to Salt Lake City HVAC experts, pets are the biggest contributor to clogging air vents and ducts.

Especially in the shedding season, the hair is bound to reach the core of air conditioning. If left unattended for a longer period it leads to polluted air being circulating all across the house.

Thankfully, there is a way to ensure that no such thing happens. In this post, we are going to share some quick tips for pet owners on how to maintain the health of their HVAC systems. So, let us begin:

Groom your Pet more often

Grooming your pet more often is not just good for the HVAC system, but also the furry friend. If not groomed at the right time they tend to shed a lot, which means more hairs in the air filters. With a clogged inside, the air conditioning has to work harder resulting in an inefficient system. If the grooming is provided at the right time, it will mean lesser hair in the house and better air circulation.

Clean the Air Vents

Cleaning the air vents look like a daunting task, but it is something that must be done. Clogged air vents are a breeding place for bacteria and viruses. If there are pets in the house, the cleaning needs to be done more often. You can either take it up as a DIY task or hire some professionals to do it. The vents can be easily opened using a screwdriver and then you can pull out the dust using a vacuum cleaner. Give the interior a nice wet wipe before placing up the vents.

Change the Air Filters

Along with worrying about pet hair, you should also think about pet dander. Tiny dead skin particles are released in the air when the pets shed their hair. These particles are hardly visible to naked eyes but are easily absorbed by the HVAC system. As the accumulation of these particles increases with time, it becomes difficult for the HVAC system to work efficiently.

With pet dander and hairs, the air filters are clogged quickly, which is why you need to change them more often. If you have more than one pet in the house, you should change the filters every 2 months.

Adjust the Thermostat

We usually leave the thermostat at 72 degrees, but there should be more fluctuations when pets are at home. During the winter, you can set the thermostat somewhere between 69 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summers you can set the temperature somewhere between 75 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Along with keeping the pets comfortable, you are also saving on energy and the longevity of the system.  

Create a fence around the AC Unit

While cats can crawl into any corner of the house, dogs tend to chew and scratch things. For them, the HVAC system is just another object, but one small damage to the AC cable can cost you a lot. Install a small and breathable enclosure around your unit. Make sure the wires are enclosed properly and there are no leaks in the system. This way both your pet and air conditioning can stay safe.

Install an Air Purifier

Whether or not it is about the HVAC system, it is always a good idea to install an air purifier. Air purifiers are meant to deal with every small-unwanted particle dissolved in the air. Be it pet hair, dander, debris, or bacteria, an air purifier will eliminate every small pollutant present in the air.

Finally, yet importantly, make sure you get the HVAC system regularly checked by professionals. With a pet, the maintenance visit needs to be more frequent. Preventive maintenance is better than emergency repairs that cost a ton. In addition, the air you breathe will be free of any confirmation, keeping you and your family safe.

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