This is a partnered guest post sharing tips for maintaining your HVAC unit. Opinions are of the author. Do you share your home with a cat, dog, or other furry friend? If you do, chances are you’re used to cleaning up your pet’s hair from surfaces around your house, whether it’s from your sofa, kitchen floor, or bedroom carpet.
As a homeowner, another challenge you face is the upkeep of your HVAC system. We all know that pet hairs can get everywhere, and they can enter into your heating and air conditioning systems. Find out how to share your home with pets while maintaining your HVAC system.
Keep Your Pet Groomed to Keep Hair Out of Your HVAC System
Combing or brushing your dog every day may seem like a chore to many people, but think about what it means to the health of your HVAC system. You’ll likely see a reduction of the amount of hair your pet loses around the home so that your HVAC system won’t gather up as much loose hair.
An additional benefit is that regularly grooming your pets helps keep them in good health.
Change Your Air Filter Regularly
Depending on the type of HVAC system you use and the air filter you have, the filter’s life span will vary. However, if you have a pet in the home, you need to replace your air filter more often.
When dog or cat hairs get into the filter, they can accumulate and prevent your system from heating or cooling your home efficiently. Regularly installing a new air filter can help improve your HVAC system’s performance.
Use Zoned Heating and Cooling to Keep Your Pets Comfortable
Even if you’re out of the house, you can still control your HVAC system and make sure your pet stays warm or keeps cool in your home. Zone heating and cooling controls allow you to set the temperature you want in different rooms or areas of your home. As a result, you can save money on your utility bills while maintaining the right environment for your pet.
Since your HVAC unit won’t need to work as hard to heat or cool part of your home, you can enjoy the added bonus of knowing that your HVAC system can likely last longer and require fewer repairs.
Avoid Exposed Wires on Your HVAC System
Like any electrical appliance, the wires attached to your HVAC system need to be protected. Don’t leave them exposed or easily accessible to your cat or dog. For obvious safety reasons, you don’t want to give pets an incentive to play with or chew on the wires.
Know When to Get Your HVAC System Serviced
Although you can do much to keep your HVAC system running smoothly with a pet at home, you’ll need to regularly schedule servicing by an HVAC technician. If your system is not operating correctly, it could be time to call a professional for repairs.
HVAC service technicians can assess your HVAC system needs as part of their servicing and offer advice and expert repairs to your heating or air conditioning problems.
By following the tips above, you can share your home with pets and keep your HVAC system functioning well to create ideal home comfort.