HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

September 1, 2021

Pets and your HVAC system: not always a pretty combination. 

Everyone knows that your fluffy friends can leave fur drifts around the house that eventually get into the ductwork, not to mention all over your carpets, furniture, and clothes.

It helps to thoroughly you vacuum or sweep (we’ll talk about that in a moment). But you won’t be able to keep the fur from high-shedding animals out of the ductwork. 

It’s likely that you’ll need to get your ducts cleaned periodically by a professional. We can help you with that. 

But we can also give you advice to help you maintain the health of your pets and your system in between duct cleanings:

Change or clean your air filters regularly

Air filters that are clogged with pet hair will cause your system to run less efficiently, which will drive your energy bills up. Clean or replace your air filters regularly to keep the air free-flowing and clean.

The frequency of cleaning or replacement depends on many factors, including the age of your home, the age and type of your HVAC system, the amount of dust and other allergens in the air, and the number and type of pets you have.

See detailed information about air filter replacement here.

Seal your doors 

If your home feels drafty, make sure your dog or cat door and all your outside doors are properly weather sealed. Otherwise, cold air will leak in, even when you and your pet aren’t using the doors. Unsealed doors (and windows) will make your system work harder and run more often. Save money and feel more comfortable by sealing them up.

Keep fur under control

Keep the amount of fur under control in your home by cleaning up pet fur as soon as possible and as often as needed. The less fur on the floors, carpets, and furniture, the less you’ll have in your filters.

Groom your pets as often as needed to get rid of fur before it ever drifts to the floor. Invest in excellent pet brushes and brush your pets outside if you can. Consider regular appointments to a professional groomer, if possible, to keep your furry friends a little less…furry.

Keep your pet safe

Here’s something you may not have considered: make sure that your pet is safe from your HVAC system

Exposed wires can be dangerous for chew-happy puppies and kittens; tuck away loose or exposed wires or ask your technician to seal them off from your living space. 

Be sure you also restrict access to your outdoor air conditioning unit. If it’s accessible, cats and dogs may chew or claw the components, which can damage the unit and endanger their health and safety. Install a well-ventilated barrier, such as wire fencing, or enclose it with a structure positioned so the unit still has plenty of space around it. 

Keep your pets and HVAC separate—by limiting access and cleaning up fur—and the air clean—by managing your filters regularly—and you’ll increase the chances that your pets and your HVAC will be able to coexist quite nicely.

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