As if we pet lovers need a special day to celebrate how much we love our pets, today is a national holiday that celebrates it. While we would do anything for our furry friends, the hair and dander floating through indoor air can cause breathing problems for allergy sufferers as well as problems for your HVAC system. Since we know you’d never get rid of your pet for those reasons, here are some ways to make living with them a little easier.
HVAC Tips for Pet owners
Here are some ways to improve your indoor air quality with pets.
Replace Your Air Filter Every Month
If you have a shedding dog or cat, you should be checking your HVAC filter once a month for clogs. A clogged filter can keep your furnace and air conditioning from running efficiently and can even shorten the life of your HVAC system. If your filter seems to be clogging up often, switch to a washable filter that allows you to rinse the hair off.
Vacuum and Dust Regularly
It’s important to suck up the hair that’s clinging to carpets, floors, and furniture to keep it from making its way into the air and clogging your filter. Depending on how many shedding pets you have, you may need to vacuum, sweep, and dust every day or every other day to keep the hair under control.
Have Your Pets Groomed
You can help prevent hair and dander from ending up everywhere by bathing and brushing your dog or cat a few times a week. You may need to have your pet professionally groomed to keep the hair to a minimum.
Consider Duct Cleaning Service
Even if you vacuum and mop and even groom your pet routinely, small hairs will still end up in the ducts of your HVAC system. When pet hair and dander build up inside ducts, it can cause clogs. Consult with our Bel Air HVAC company about inspecting your ductwork to see if removing the pet hair and dander is an option. Duct cleaning can deodorize your home, keep indoor air fresh and extend the life of your furnace or AC.
Invest in an Air Purifier
If you or your family members suffer from pet allergies, an air purifier can help clean your indoor air. One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning offers several indoor air quality products to fit your budget.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance Plan
Harford County homeowners who love their pets can stay on top of hair and dander with preventative maintenance visits twice a year. During a furnace maintenance appointment, our HVAC technician will change your air filter, clean all furnace components and let you know if duct cleaning is needed. Then in the spring we’ll check your air conditioner and clean it to make sure you’re not breathing in a lot of hair and dander. All of this will ensure your whole family breathes better so you can keep cuddling with Fido or Fluffy as long as possible.
Happy National Love Your Pet Day from all of us at One Hour HVAC in Aberdeen!