As much as we may love our pets, their shedding fur can significantly impact the functioning of your HVAC system and, in turn, the quality of the air in your home. Pet owners in Apex, NC can do a few simple things to keep their furry friends from interfering with their HVAC systems. Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster, rabbit or any other kind of furry animal at home, here are five basic HVAC maintenance tips you should keep in mind.
1. Brush Your Pet Regularly
Pet hair can easily find its way into the ducts or other critical components of your HVAC system. Clogged ducts or other components mean reduced indoor air quality and a general decrease in the effectiveness of your HVAC system. To keep these things from happening, make sure to thoroughly and regularly brush your pets to pick up all that loose hair.
2. Vacuum Your House Regularly
Even the most thorough brushing regimen won’t be able to pull every last loose hair from your pets. Some are bound to find their way onto the floors and upholstery and into the air of your home.
3. Change Your Air Filters More Often
Despite precautions, pet hair and dander, dust, and other debris will accumulate in your HVAC system’s air filters over time. If you don’t change the filters regularly, indoor air quality will decrease as a result. With the dander and fur that pets provide, pet owners should consider changing their air filters more frequently.
4. Buy Higher Quality Air Filters
If you own pets, it’s also a good idea to buy better air filters. The minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating tells you how much matter a filter can remove. HVAC air filters with MERV ratings of between 5 and 8 are typical in most homes, but pet owners should think about buying MERV 10-12 filters.
5. Schedule HVAC Maintenance More Often
We recommend that you have trained technicians perform maintenance on your HVAC system once or twice a year. However, if you own pets, it’s wise to make sure your system is checked twice a year. Lee Air Conditionings’ skilled professionals are ready to conduct maintenance on all parts of your system.
The presence of pets in the home can be a challenge to the proper functioning of any HVAC system. Occasionally, you may need professional help. Contact us at Lee Air Conditioning for any HVAC services you need in Apex, NC.
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