Maintaining your HVAC system contributes to the health of all family members, both two and four-legged, by providing clean air to breathe and a comfortable environment to live in.
HVAC systems require different care when you have furry family members; consider these tips to contribute to your family’s health and the useful life of your system:
- Change the Filter Every 30-60 Days
- Clean the Air Ducts
When furry friends shed in the house, their dander goes into the HVAC system and the air ducts. Whatever particles are trapped in the air ducts recirculate around the home as the system runs.
If you are unsure if your air ducts should be cleaned, perform a visual inspection. The average home requires duct cleaning every 3-5 years.
- Clean Your Carpets Often
Carpet traps debris like pet dander, which will recirculate throughout your home when the debris is stirred up by your family walking on the carpet. Vacuum weekly or more as necessary to help remove as much debris as possible. We recommend a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Groom Your Pets Regularly
A dog or cat who is brushed regularly has less hair to shed around your home. When the weather allows, brush your pet outside, or vacuum the area where your pet was brushed indoors. When you are done, ensure the pet hair is cleaned up as possible.
- Protect Your Outdoor Unit
If your pet has access to your outdoor HVAC unit, they may mark it, which causes long-term damage. Should you discover your pet marking on the unit, you might consider blocking their access. However, the unit’s airflow mustn’t be obstructed. Latticework may protect the unit while allowing the unit to continue to have good airflow.
Changing the air filter is one way to help keep your HVAC system running in good shape and keeping the air that your family breathes clean. This is an inexpensive way to contribute to the lifespan of your HVAC system as well.
If you struggle to remember to do this, consider setting a reminder on your phone every 30-60 days to change the filter.
If you are unsure if you need to change your filter every 30 days or every 60 days, check on the filter at the 30-day mark to see how it looks. If it is dirty, you may want to change it every 30 days.
Give us a call today for a consultation to ensure that your unit is running well. We’re happy to answer any questions that you may have.