Your pet is part of your family. Sure, they leave fur everywhere and might have a habit of scratching or biting the furniture, but you know you wouldn’t have them any other way. However, HVAC maintenance can have added challenges when you live with a furry best friend. Pet dander can be a pesky problem for your indoor air quality, and unchecked it will only get worse. It’s good to know what to do to care both for your HVAC system and your pets.
#1 – Regular Bathing and Grooming
Whether you have a cat, a dog, a goat, or a rabbit, pet dander is practically unavoidable. But you can manage it somewhat by caring for your pet’s grooming. Bathe your pets and brush them out regularly. You can bag up excess fur and throw it out so it doesn’t end up in your air filter. This will not only keep your HVAC systems from becoming clogged, but keep your pets more comfortable and clean.
#2 – Keep the House (and HVAC System) Clean
Vacuum at least once a week to pick up any fur and keep the amount of pet dander in your house to a minimum. However, you shouldn’t stop at just vacuuming. Make sure to dust surfaces as well as to keep your HVAC system itself clean. The main thing to watch out for is your air filter. Your air filter does most of the heavy lifting to keep pet dander out of the air you breathe, so it can quickly become clogged with fur. If your air filter is full, it’s time to clean or replace it. You may also want to invest in duct cleaning.
#3 – Get an Air Purifier
Because pets and pet dander present more of a challenge for your indoor air quality, you may need reinforcements to keep that quality where it should be. That’s why it might be a good idea to invest in an air purifier. An air purifier will help to keep air pollutants like pet dander as well as dust and pollen out of your air. Between this and your air filters, you should be able to breathe cleanly, even with your well-loved pet.
#4 – Keep the Thermostat Pet Friendly
Especially with smart thermostats and programmable thermostats, many homeowners save money by turning down their heating or cooling while they’re out of the house and turning them back up when they get home. This can be energy efficient, but make sure that your home is still comfortable for your pets. After all, during hot summer months, your pets live with a permanent fur coat. Make sure the house is still comfortable for them, even if you’re not home.
Have any more questions about how to manage your HVAC system while keeping your pets happy? Contact Service Champions today for more information or to schedule professional maintenance yourself.