Here at Day and Nite Plumbing and Heating, we know how important it is to take good care of your HVAC system. If you want your system to last as long as possible without the need for frequent repairs, proper care is a must. This is especially true in households with pets. Our furry friends can be great companions, but your HVAC unit may not feel the same way. If you have a dog or cat that sheds a lot, you should keep these HVAC care tips in mind.
Groom Your Pet
This doesn't involve your HVAC unit directly, but properly grooming your pet can help you avoid HVAC problems. Bathing and brushing your dog can take care of his loose fur before it flies off and gets sucked up by your HVAC system. Your dog may not be a fan of baths, but taking the time to groom your furry friends can help you avoid anair conditioning repair bill later.
Clean Up Regularly
Even with proper grooming, some breeds of dogs and cats are still going to shed a little bit. That's why cleaning up your home with a focus on pet fur from time to time is important. If you vacuum up stray fur, you're less likely to find it in your HVAC filters later. This is a great way to reduce the chance of developing HVAC problems.
Replace Filters When Needed
Unsurprisingly, pet hair and dander can get stuck in HVAC filters. That's why it's smart to replace them from time to time. For some households changing the filter every six months is acceptable, but if you have pets you should change it more often. The exact time between filter changes can vary based on a number of factors. Take into account how many pets you have, how much they shed, and if anyone in the household has allergies. Then figure out a good time to change out your air filter, whether that's every month or every three months.
Get a Smart Thermostat
We know that you're not always at home, but if you have pets you also want to make sure that you're keeping your house or apartment comfortable for your dogs and cats. You can just leave the A/C running all day without thinking about it, but that makes yourHVAC system work harder and causes an increase in your energy bill. A smart thermostat can allow you to set the temperature to a comfortable level when you're not around, without dramatically increasing your utility bills. Plus, you'll be able to set your home to the perfect temperature right before you step inside.
Protect Your Outdoor Unit
If you have a dog, you know that they can get into trouble when you turn your back. Even the best behaved dog sometimes breaks something out of simple curiosity, and that means that your outdoor A/C unit could be vulnerable to damage from them too. Make sure you fence off your outdoor unit, for the safety of your dog and your entire HVAC system. This is a simple way to avoid expensive damage to your air conditioning unit.