Your HVAC system makes your home comfortable for you and your pets, but did you know your furry friends could actually be a bit hard on your air conditioning and heating system?
It’s good to be aware of some of the potential trouble spots that our four-legged friends can create in homes with pets, and address them before damage to your system occurs.
Following are some expert recommendations for ensuring your HVAC system keeps running right, in spite of any pet issues that might arise.
Tips for Homes With Pets
- The number 1 HVAC issue in homes with pets has to do with all that hair and pet dander. Pet dander can compromise your home’s air quality and is a major indoor airborne pollutant. Use a good quality HVAC air filter to catch it before it’s recirculated in your home’s supply air. Pet hair may also be sucked into the filter through the return vent, clogging it so you have to change it more often. A clogged filter can cause your system to work harder, which will raise your energy bill and possibly damage your system.Vacuum your home frequently, particularly around return registers. Brush your pets outdoors.
- Pets bring dirt into the home on their feet and in their fur. The more pets you have, the more dirt you’re likely to have in your home. Bathe your pets as often as the vet recommends (about once a month). Clean their feet before they re-enter the home.
- Pets can hurt themselves by chewing electric wiring. If any part of your HVAC system’s wiring is exposed, contact a professional to address the issue, and pay attention to keeping your pets away from this area until it’s fixed.
To ensure your home is safe and efficient, contact Jackson and Sons for routine HVAC maintenance. Providing HVAC services to Eastern North Carolina since 1974.
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