Are you a proud pet owner? According to research conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), over 63% of U.S. households own at least one dog or cat.
While pets offer unconditional love and loyalty, they can take a toll on your home’s heating and air conditioning system.
Their fur will accumulate inside air ducts while clogging the air filter in the process.
#1) Brush Your Pet
It may sound unusual, but brushing your pet can have a positive impact on your home’s HVAC system.
Assuming your pet has fur – which most breeds of dogs and cats do – they will shed. Shedding usually occurs in the spring and fall.
When a pet sheds, they’ll release their coat, resulting in excess fur that can harm your HVAC system’s performance.
A simple solution is to brush your pet daily to remove loose fur.
#2) Change the Air Filter Regularly
As a pet owner, you’ll need to change your HVAC system’s air filter more frequently.
Most HVAC experts recommend changing the air filter about once every 90 days for families that don’t own pets.
With a pet, however, experts recommend changing it at least once every 60 days.
#3) Clean Air Vents on the Floor
If your home has any air vents that are located on the floor, you should clean them.
Pets often enjoy lying on floor vents because they release cooled or warmed air. If your pet lies on a floor vent, though, they will probably release fur. And when your HVAC system kicks back on, the fur will be released throughout the surrounding space.
You can clean air vents located on the floor to prevent this from happening.
#4) Vacuum the Floors
Vacuuming your floors can help your HVAC system cope with your pet’s fur.
If you rarely or never vacuum, fur will accumulate on the floors. Over time, some of this fur will end up inside your air ducts where it restricts airflow.
Therefore, you should vacuum your floors at least once a week if you own a pet.
#5) Keep Your Pet Away from the Condenser Coil
When taking your pet outdoors, you should keep them away from the condenser coil.
Pets, especially medium- and large-sized dogs, are curious by nature. Some of them may scratch and claw at the condenser coil, which could result in damage.
By keeping your pet away from the condenser coil, you can protect this essential HVAC component from damage.
If you are experiencing a problem with your air conditioning or heating call us at 512-336-1431 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to come out and take a look at the issue.
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