Pets fill our hearts and homes with their unconditional love, but they also fill our HVAC systems with dander, hair, and fur. To maintain a comfortable environment and optimum air quality in your home, follow these tips.

Cleanliness is Key

Regular bathing and grooming can eliminate microscopic pet dander, dust, and pollen. It can also significantly reduce the amount of airborne hair and fur reaching into your HVAC filters and ducts. In addition to keeping your pet clean, keep your home clean. Be sure to vacuum your carpets, mop your floors, and dust regularly to reduce the amount of hair and dander being sucked into your vents.

Maintain or Upgrade Air Filters

Cleaning or replacing air filters is necessary in all homes, but crucial in homes with pets. Pet hair and dander can clog filters, reducing your system’s efficiency and increasing your utility bills. While typical households may require their air filters to be changed every 6 months, homes with pets change their filters quarterly or even monthly. Upgrading to a HEPA filter can further improve your home’s indoor air quality and reduce allergens by almost 99.9%!

Make Sure Ducts Are Cleaned and Sealed

Cleaning your ducts will remove the dirt, pet hair, and dander that would otherwise circulate throughout your home. Also, be sure to seal any gaps and cracks in your ductwork to prevent debris from entering.

Condenser Safety

Pets may claw your outdoor condenser unit causing damage to the unit and/or injury to themselves. They may also relive themselves on it, which could lead to refrigerant leaks or corrosion in the unit. Protect your outdoor condenser unit from your pets (and vice versa) by enclosing it with fencing or another type of barrier that allows for air flow.

Check for Exposed Wires

Exposed HVAC system wires can look like a toy to many pets. Keep the wires and your pet safe by enclosing all electrical wires in conduits.

Check the Pet Door

Be sure your home’s pet door is properly caulked to prevent heat and cold from escaping your home.

Routine Maintenance from Cochran Cooling & Heating

Regular HVAC maintenance is essential for any HVAC system, but even more necessary for homes with pets. Any potential issues can be caught early, resulting in reduced repair bills and a healthier home. Contact Cochran Cooling & Heating today to improve the air quality in your home for you and your pets.