HVAC Problems And Fixes For Pet Owners
Posted: July 20, 2020
A cat or dog can bring so much joy to our lives – but they can also create special problems when it comes to keeping your home heating and cooling equipment running the way it should.
Pet issues and solutions
Here are three potential problems posed by your pet – and what to do about them.
- A build-up of fur – Pet fur can jam HVAC air filters and accumulate inside your ductwork, causing your cooling and heating system to overwork – which means you’ll pay more to heat and cool your home and put your equipment at a greater risk of breakdown.
If you have a dog or a cat that sheds:
- Vacuum regularly using a HEPA-filter vacuum, and mop tile and hardwood floors weekly.
- Check your A/C or furnace air filter for pet fur every few weeks, cleaning or replacing it (depending on the model) when needed.
- Get professional maintenance for your heating and cooling equipment every year.
- If you have had your furry friend for five years or more, consider getting a professional duct cleaning, especially if he sheds a lot.
- Dander accumulation – Dander is basically dry, dead skin that falls off your dog or cat. If you have a forced air system (one with a central air conditioner or furnace and vents), it will spread dander and other allergens throughout your home, degrading the quality of your indoor air.
Bathe and brush your pet regularly to minimize dander flakes, and consider installing a whole house air purifier to keep the air clean and clear.
- Doggie door drafts – Many dog owners install a pet door so their best friend can come and go as he pleases. But just like any other portal to the outside, a pet door can leak air in or out of your home.
Make sure your pet door (and all your exterior doors and windows) are properly weather sealed, and that they close completely when your dog comes and goes.
Keep your pets happy and your family breathing easier with indoor air quality installations and regular HVAC maintenance in Worcester County, MA. Contact us today for details!