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HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

A sleepy dog inside a house.

Pets really are man’s best friend, but your furry friend can cause a number of problems in your home, aside from the usual destruction and chaos. One of the main aspects of your home that your pet can impact is your HVAC system. It’s important to ensure that the system is maintained to prevent problems, so you’re not left without cool air that will keep you comfortable in the middle of summer. Keep the tips below in mind to ensure your HVAC unit does not succumb to damages related to your pet.

Clean Your Home

Pet dander is one of the leading causes of allergies inside the home. Keep the house clean and dust-free to minimize an excess of pet dander and other allergens that build up around the house. Dust, mop, vacuum, and clean the countertops and floors whether you have carpet, wood, or tile. Additionally, ensure that clothes are laundered regularly since pets, kids, and others can carry in allergens from the outside.

Clean the Floor Vents

If you have floor vents in your home, this could be another location where pet hair and dander will collect. Take a walk through your home to inspect the floor vents to determine whether you need to clean them. It's relatively simple to clean the filters and beneficial to everyone in the house.

Change or Replace the Filter

Replacing your air filters is essential even if you don’t have pets in your home, but it should be done more frequently if you do. Your HVAC units air filters collect dust, pet hair and dander, and contaminants circulating through the hair to prevent it from recirculating throughout your home. When it's dirty, the debris that has been collected is redistributed into the air, where it then causes contamination. Check the air filter every 30 - 90 days to determine when it's time to clean or change the filter.

For any questions that you have regarding your home’s indoor air quality and how your pets can impact it, contact the experts at DG Heating & Air Conditioning.