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When it comes to caring for your heating and air system, you’ll have a few additional items on your list compared to the normal homeowner if you happen to own pets. Pet hair and dander can get into your HVAC filter, affecting the efficiency of your system and potentially costing you money.
At Whipple Plumbing, we’re here to help. Here are some basic HVAC tips for pet owners that will help you avoid rising costs, plus potential allergy or other respiratory issues.
If you have a shedding pet, you should be checking your HVAC filters more often than the recommended guidelines. It will often be filled with hair and skin cells from your pet, which can clog the filter much faster than it would get clogged in a normal home. Some pet owners find success switching to a reusable filter that can be cleaned with a garden hose.
One of the best ways to prevent hair and dander from entering your HVAC system is harvesting it directly from the pet’s body. Use brushes that are designed specifically for this purpose, and use frequent bathing periods as well. For the busy pet owner, consider using a paid groomer every couple weeks.
Some particles will naturally make it around your whole system, including your ducts. At least once every couple years, and perhaps more often if you have multiple pets, have your ducts inspected to decide if cleaning is needed.
In addition, make sure your home itself is clean. Using items like the vacuum to suck up pet hair around the home at least every other day can help these items from making their way to the HVAC filter.
Pets can stay safe and comfortable in a very wide temperature range – you can save energy and money by changing your thermostat settings. You can go as low as about 65 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, and about as high as 80 in the summer during periods when only pets are home. This is a great way to save energy costs.
For more on HVAC pet considerations, or to learn about any of our HVAC repair services, speak to the pros at Whipple Plumbing today.