Six HVAC tips for your pet-friendly home
Pets give us all kinds of love – and sometimes that love comes in the form of a little shed fur and dander, just for good measure.
If you have a forced air HVAC system in your Northern NJ – or Orange / Rockland County NY-area home, it’s a good idea to stay vigilant when it comes to managing the leave-behinds of your favorite furry, four-legged friends.
Here are six tips to stay on top of the air quality in your pet-friendly home:
- Groom pets regularly. Regular brushing and grooming reduces shedding, which keeps efficiency-robbing fur away from your A/C air filters and ducts.
- Check and change/clean your A/C filter often. Over time, air conditioner filters in a pet-filled home will become caked with dust, fur and dander, causing your HVAC to overwork to do its job. The result? Higher bills and more HVAC repairs. Check your filter once a month in the height of cooling (and heating) season; the more pets you have, the more often you’ll have to check them – especially if someone in the house suffers from allergies or has other respiratory issues.
It’s also a good idea to choose HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters if they’re available for your HVAC unit (see your owner’s manual for details on filter replacement).
- Clean your air vents. Hair, dander and dust can clog your vent registers, too – so clean them regularly with a HEPA vacuum and/or a damp microfiber cloth.
- Consider a professional duct cleaning. Clogged air ducts can become a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria – often in places deep within your ductwork that you can’t see or easily clean. A professional duct cleaning will take care of those hard-to-reach spots; the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends getting one every three to five years.
- Consider adding whole-house IAQ equipment – Having a whole house air cleaner (or “ionizer”) will ease some of the burden placed on your HVAC air filters. Install a quality Aprilaire air cleaner and you’ll remove 99.97% of the pet dander particles (along with most other pollutants) from the air before they ever reach your air filters.
- Get regular, professional HVAC service for your equipment – Regular HVAC maintenance is the best insurance you have for nipping efficiency problems in the bud, and for preventing small issues from turning into costly cooling and heating system repairs and breakdowns. Service your HVAC equipment before peak summer and winter–season use, every year.
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