Dogs and cats are welcome in many homes. If you have a pet that is like a member of the family, it's important to recognize some of the ways that your pet could be negatively impacting your HVAC system. Pet hair and dander can compromise the performance of your furnace or air conditioner.
Take action to help maintain your HVAC system and prevent your pet from damaging critical HVAC components in the future.
Clean your air ducts regularly.
As the air from your home is returned to the furnace or air conditioner through return registers, any pet dander or fur floating in the air is also sucked into your home's air ducts. This pet dander and fur can accumulate inside of the air ducts over time, attracting pests and rodents.
Dirty air ducts can also compromise the health of your family by reducing air quality and exacerbating allergy symptoms. Have an HVAC professional clean out your air ducts on a regular basis to prevent a shedding pet from clogging up your air ducts over time.
Replace air filters often.
Experts suggest that air filters within your HVAC system should be replaced at least once every three months. As the air filters in your HVAC system become clogged with the dirt and debris they filter out of your home's air supply, the energy efficiency of your furnace or air conditioner could be compromised.
The presence of a pet in the home adds to the workload of air filters, so you may find that you need to swap out your old filters more frequently. Regularly remove air filters from your HVAC appliances and check to see if they are clogged by holding them up to a light source and checking to see if light can penetrate through them.
Replace clogged filters immediately to avoid unnecessary strain on your HVAC system.
Protect your outdoor equipment.
Outdoor HVAC units can pose a real problem for pet owners. These units are sensitive pieces of equipment that must be protected from damage in order for your home's heating and cooling systems to work properly.
Constructing a breathable barrier (like a mesh or chain link fence) around the outdoor unit will prevent your pet from causing any damage. Dogs won't be able to urinate on the unit and short out the electrical system, and cats will be unable to claw at the filters or fan blades and cause irreparable damage.
For more information, contact companies like Air Controls.Share
21 March 2018
When our air conditioner broke last year, I was fairly confident that we would be left trying to choose a similar system for a bunch of money. However, our friend who works as a general contractor explained that there were all kinds of neat advances in HVAC systems that might help us out. He explained that we might be able to enjoy a quieter system or one that filters our indoor air more effectively. We liked the sound of that, so we started shopping for a new system. After finding an air conditioner that was perfect for our place, we started this blog to educate other homeowners about new technology.