For many, pets are an important part of life and considered to be a part of the family. We all love our furry friends, but did you know their hair and dander could be affecting your HVAC system? When it comes to your indoor air quality, every pet owner should use these five tips to make sure their pets aren’t interfering with their AC systems.
Change the Filters
One of the easiest ways to prevent animal hair and dander from damaging your HVAC system is to keep your air filters clean. While guidelines on changing filters generally recommend switching them out every few months, households with shedding animals should check them more often. If pet hair clogs the filter, it reduces airflow and makes the system work harder. Pet owners should check the filters every month and replace them before they get too dirty.
Keep Carpets Clean
Not all pet hair ends up in your HVAC system. If you have carpets, pet hair and other allergy-inducing contaminants can settle in them, causing air quality issues. You may notice allergy symptoms if you haven’t cleaned the carpet in a while as a result. To keep your indoor air quality at its best, vacuum carpets often.
Groom Pets Often
When your pet is clean, so is your air. Brushing shedding animals every couple of days makes sure that more hair makes it into the brush than into your air, and it will make your pet happy, too. A visit to the groomer every few months will also go a long way towards keeping your home free of pet hair.
Remember Your Air Ducts
When pet hair and dander inevitably find their way into your ductwork, they get stirred up every time the system cycles. This can cause coughing sneezing and other allergy symptoms that wreak havoc on homeowners.
Don’t Forget Tune-Ups
While it may seem unhelpful in the battle against pet hair, regular HVAC maintenance is the best way to make sure debris isn’t harming your system’s efficiency. Getting an AC tune-up in the spring and a heater tune-up in the fall lets a professional ensure that your system is working properly. Prepare your HVAC system for the changing seasons by scheduling your tune-up now. With the help of Champion AC, we can help fulfill all of your Indoor Air Quality needs with services such as installing and maintaining REME Halo and Guardian Air filtration systems.
If you haven’t scheduled your seasonal tune-up yet, contact Champion AC today to begin your service request.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.