We love our pets. They are cherished members of 85 million U.S. families who feed them, provide water for them, and play with them. What do they get in return? Lots of affection and… broken HVAC systems.
Pets vs. HVAC
Your furry friends shed hair and small flakes of skin, known as dander. The particles are scattered around your home and can get inside the air filters and ductwork of your HVAC system, reducing its efficiency and increasing your energy bills.
It can also mean costly repairs if you fall behind regular maintenance. And it can mean you and your loved ones falling ill because those contaminants are pumped back into your home for your family to breathe.
Tips to Protect Your HVAC System From Your Pet
With a little added effort, pet owners can protect their health and keep their air conditioning and heating unit in good shape.
Bathe and Groom Your Pet
Harvesting loose hair and skin at regular intervals is the key to preventing hair and dander ending up in your HVAC system. And if you can find brushes designed for removing dog and cat hair, it will make your job easier.
Clean Your Home Regularly
Pet contaminants can accumulate on carpets, furniture, and other soft surfaces. A lightweight vacuum every second day can suck up those contaminants before they come into contact with your HVAC air filters.
Stick to Filter Replacement Routine
Hair, dander, and other pet products can clog air filters prematurely. Check out your HVAC filter before it is due for replacement. You can also speak to a qualified HVAC contractor if your filters are clogging up quickly. He or she can advise a filter for your system and situation.
Secure Wires and Outdoor Units
Exposed wires are an invitation to your pet to come, play with them, and chew them. Enclose the wires in conduits to prevent damage to your unit and injury to your pet. Ditto with condenser units. They are usually located in the yard, where they can be easily damaged by your pet. Fence them off.
Consult an HVAC Contractor
Let a qualified HVAC contractor inspect your unit at regular intervals. The contractor can check air filters, measure efficiency, clean ducts, look out for damage, and perform plenty of other tasks to ensure the life of your HVAC unit is not being shortened by your pet.
A lot of homeowners aren’t aware that their pets may be to blame for their higher energy bills and the poor performance of their HVAC system. Now that you don’t count among them, you can take precautions to safeguard the health of your family and extend the life of your HVAC unit. We can help you.
Get in touch with Bogner Steel Metal for an inspection of your HVAC unit. We can assess the damage done by your pet to your HVAC unit and provide lasting solutions.