We know that you might already realize just how important it is to take good care of your HVAC equipment, especially during the winter months when you're going to be relying on your heat a lot. What you might not realize is that it's especially important for pet owners to really pay attention to their HVAC system all winter long. Our furry friends can affect expensive equipment in a few different ways or they might encourage you to make some different considerations when you're using your HVAC system. Fortunately, the experts here at Day & Nite Plumbing and Heating can let you know what to expect.
Double-Check that Filter
The start of a new season is always a good time to change out filters, but pet owners actually have to worry about these more than most. For some homeowners, swapping out a filter seasonally is fine, but for pet owners, changing your air filters may be needed more often. Check the filter whenever you can and make sure that a filter covered in pet fur isn't making your HVAC system work harder or spreading more fur and dander throughout your home. Keeping your pets groomed well during the winter season can also help cut down on shedding.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
For some people, a normal thermostat is good enough for setting the temperature for their home. They turn down the heat before leaving for work, and turn it up as soon as they get home. If you have pets though, you don't want to leave them in the cold all day. A programmable thermostat can help with that. They can even be controlled from your smartphone. You can be sure that your pet is comfy all day and that the temperature is back up to a level you prefer right when you get home. As an added bonus, a programmable thermostat can save you some serious money over time.
Remember the Pet Door
If you have a pet door that allows your dog or cat to get into the yard whenever they want, it could be causing you to spend more on your utility bills. Even if it's not opening and closing constantly, it could end up creating a draft if it's not properly sealed and caulked. Make sure that your pet door isn't letting out the heat this winter.
Keep Pets Away from Important Equipment
Your pet could end up getting curious about HVAC equipment and taking a closer look. This may not be safe for them or the equipment. Block off outside equipment with fencing and lock up the areas where expensive equipment may be present. Also, teaching pets that areas are off-limits can work. This is an especially critical step if pets are frequently allowed to wander your home while you're out.
Look for Some Upgrades
You can also upgrade your HVAC equipment and make it more pet-friendly. An upgraded filter that catches pet dander and other allergens can help. Additional updates like an added air purifier or cleaner can also make your home more pleasant this winter.