Owning a pet, such as a dog or a cat, provides many benefits for your health and well-being. However, furry pets contribute to indoor air quality issues that could affect your heating and cooling system’s efficiency and performance, as well as your indoor comfort. As your HVAC contractor in Murfreesboro, TN, we offer these top tips for maintaining your HVAC system with furry pets in your home.
Change Air Filters Monthly
According to Energy Star, pet owners should change HVAC air filters monthly. Clean air filters capture the dander, pet hair, dust and other particles, improving your home’s indoor air quality. Replacing dirty air filters also improves your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. Clean air filters facilitate airflow, creating a more comfortable indoor environment.
Seal the Air Ducts
Tiny gaps or cracks in your home’s air ducts allow dust, pet dander and other particles to get inside. Over time, this obstructs the ducts and impedes airflow. Those gaps and cracks permit unwanted air exchange, wasting the energy used to cool or heat your home’s air. Dirty air ducts contribute to poor indoor air quality, low heating and cooling efficiency and higher energy bills. Consider having your air ducts professionally sealed. Have the seals inspected once each year.
Schedule Regular Duct Cleaning and HVAC Maintenance
You should schedule duct cleaning every two to four years. This process removes dust, pet dander, pollen and other particles. Between professional duct cleaning visits, vacuum and sanitize each room’s vent covers. Discourage your pet from resting next to the vent openings. When your pet sleeps against the vent, their dander and fur get pulled into the ducts. Keep up with the tune-ups for your heating and cooling system. The technician cleans the entire system, removing pet hair and other debris.
For additional tips on how to take care of your HVAC system as a pet owner, check out McKamey Heating and Cooling’s HVAC services, or call us today for more information.