You have an HVAC system. You have pets. Who knew that there could be a collide between the two? Here are a few tips and suggestions that can help you have a happy, co-existence between your HVAC system and your beloved furbabies.
Outdoor Units and Their Dangers
Most of your worries with outdoor units come from outside animals nesting or trying to invade your house, but a curious pet can follow vermin for fun and adventure. This can lead to death (at worst) for your pet and a headache for you.
Other issues specifically to dogs is the fact that they love to claw and dig. They can often chew on coils which can cause your unit to malfunction as well as injure your pet. To prevent pets from chewing on wires, have a professional encase the electrical lines in a conduit. Almost worse, is the male dog who urinates on the unit and therefore you have a stench that permeates your home.
It's best to keep your pet away from HVAC units. Putting a fence around your HVAC unit and keeping your pets on leashes is the perfect solution for keeping them away. Fortunately, it's rare that other house pets, such as snakes, snails, fish and iguanas escape.
Air Filters and the Effects of Pet Dander
Dander, it just comes with the territory of pets. Not only can it cause allergies, but it can affect your air quality. As a pet owner, it’s important to keep your home, pets and air clean. Here's what you can do:
Change your air filters. It's essential that you change your air filter every one to three months. HEPA or ionic filters may not capture pet dander. Check with your local HVAC services about the type of air filter that will handle your pet.
Clean your home’s ductwork. Dander can settle within the HVAC ductwork of your home. Vacuuming the vents helps, but having an HVAC professional thoroughly clean the ducts can make a huge difference.
Install an air purifier in your home. An air purifier can make a significant difference for people who suffer from pet allergies. There are air purifier units that can be an attachment to your HVAC system. Ask about the possibility of creating a system that not only is comfortable, but clean as well.
Guaranteed Services handles everything from commercial roofing to HVAC services, but heating and cooling is our specialty. Our HVAC contractors are on call 24/7 for your emergency repairs and are ready to complete that new system install or maintenance service. When you work with us, you can count on professional experience. Schedule your maintenance service today so that your world is the best, most efficient and healthy it can be.