Owning a furry pet can bring immense joy, but it also means dealing with pet hair and dander that can have an impact on your home’s air quality. To ensure clean air and keep your air conditioner in good condition while enjoying the company of your beloved pet, here are some practical maintenance tips:
Regularly Brush Your Pet: Brushing your pet on a regular basis is an enjoyable way to minimize the amount of pet hair that enters your HVAC system. Brushing them outdoors or in an area with hard floors allows you to collect loose fur and prevent it from circulating in your home’s air system.
Change Air Filters More Frequently: Pets’ shedding can quickly clog air filters, so it’s recommended to change them more frequently than in a pet-free home. If you typically change filters every three months, consider doing so every two months or even every two and a half months. Keep an eye out for signs that indicate the filters are filled with pet hair and dander.
Select Higher Quality Air Filters: Pet dander is a common allergen, so using air filters with higher Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) ratings can greatly improve indoor air quality. Filters with MERV ratings of 10-12 are particularly effective at capturing smaller particles like pet dander, preventing them from entering your HVAC unit and circulating back into your home.
Protect Your Outdoor Air Conditioner: If your pets spend time in the backyard, it’s crucial to protect your outdoor air conditioner unit. Building a small fence around the unit can prevent pets from rubbing against it and depositing fur and dander. Additionally, it safeguards the unit from any territorial peeing that could potentially cause damage.
Vacuum Regularly: Regular vacuuming of carpets, furniture, and hard-to-reach corners is essential to remove pet hair and prevent it from becoming airborne and reaching the air intake of your air conditioner. Aim to vacuum at least twice a week to keep the accumulation of pet hair under control.
Schedule Bi-Annual Maintenance: Pets can add extra stress to your HVAC system, so it’s important to schedule HVAC maintenance at least once or twice a year. Inform the technician about your pets, and they will perform a thorough inspection to ensure that excessive pet hair isn’t compromising the system. They can also provide maintenance services and offer additional advice on caring for your unit.
Remember, maintaining your HVAC system and ensuring clean air quality is vital when you have pets. By following these practical tips, you can enjoy the companionship of your furry friend without compromising the performance of your air conditioner.
Feel free to contact us for pet-focused HVAC maintenance or further tips on how to live harmoniously with pets while maintaining high-quality home air filtration.