We all have that furry friend, or those furry friends, that we love and adore. They keep our homes warmer than a heater might – albeit metaphorically. However, pets are not exactly good for the HVAC unit. That is not to say that pets are BAD for the HVAC unit, but there are some things to consider. In this article brought to you by Rooter Hero, we will go over some tips to make sure having a pet does not interfere with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. If you need HVAC repair, then feel free to call Rooter Hero and schedule an appointment. We can also arrange an emergency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning repair today.
We will just cut to the chase: the main threat your pet poses to the HVAC system is clogging the unit with fur. Your furry friend does a lot of shedding, and you should keep the fur under control if you want to avoid having to constantly change the air filter. The best way to go about this is by grooming your pets regularly. Grooming your pets will reduce the amount of shedding. Plus, your pet will look gorgeous! A pet that looks good will feel good!
No amount of grooming is going to save you from having to change air filters. Regular homeowners are advised to change dirty air filters once every few months, but pet owners should be ready to change the air filters even more regularly. While dust and debris can accumulate on the air filter, hair strands from cats and dogs are quicker to clog the air filter.
The consequences of NOT changing the air filter often enough are many. For one, you can expect fur and pet dander to rain down on you through the vents. Dirty air filters also block airflow, meaning your AC will be working overtime to cool down your home. That translates into higher energy bills without the cool home to show for it.
Change air filters once every three months at most and change the filters more frequently if your household includes individuals with allergies and respiratory difficulties.
There is a good chance that some of your pet’s hair will end up on the air vents and in the air ducts. The next time you vacuum, make sure to target the air vents and suck up hair and dander before blockages form.
Some of the hair will end up in the air ducts, and you should have the air ducts cleaned unless you want to breath dirty air. Plus, clogged air ducts can be a breeding ground for bacteria. If you decide to clean the ducts yourself, remember to turn off the AC first! If you wish, you can leave that risky work to Rooter Hero.
Let’s face it: your pet is not ALL innocent. Cats love to scratch on things and dogs tend to mark their territory with urine. Make sure they are not damaging your HVAC unit though! Cats may claw the finds on the condenser coils and dogs might urinate on the condenser. Both damages come with costly consequences.
If you need HVAC repair, then feel free to call Rooter Hero. We are happy to schedule an appointment or arrange an emergency repair today.