Life simply wouldn’t be the same without our four-legged family members. However, shedding fur and pet dander can quickly exacerbate spring allergies, only increasing your daily sneeze attacks and sniffles. If you want to keep pet-related allergens at bay in your home, follow these Complete Comfort HVAC maintenance tips for pet owners!
Regularly Groom Your Pets
First and foremost, your best line of defense against pet dander and fur wreaking havoc on your HVAC system is regular grooming. Depending upon the breed of pet, you should strictly adhere to the bathing and grooming habits recommended for each animal. This means regularly brushing your pets to remove dirt, grease and dead hair. Furthermore, you should bathe your pets more frequently this time of year, as their fur can carry significant amounts of pollen into your home from the outdoors. Also, you should take special care to regularly brush your pets during shedding season.
Maintain a Clean House
After grooming your pets, you should consider how to maintain the same level of cleanliness in your home. To get you started, here is a cleaning task list for different types of pet-owners:
- For Long-Haired/Shedding Pets:
- Your best friend will be a lint remover. Not only will this handy tool remove unsightly pet hair from your favorite outfits, but it can help pick up pet hair from furniture
- Secondly, invest in a stiff-bristled brush. This is an essential tool in your arsenal, because it can remove stubborn dirt and pet hair embedded in rugs.
- Another important investment should be made in a wet/dry vac. When owning a pet, stains and messes are inevitable. However, keeping them from ruining your rug or carpet can be a breeze with a wet/dry vac. With this tool, you can dry your pet after a bath, remove pet hair from furniture, and clean up a liquid accident
- If You Own a Cat:
- Invest in a good cat litter and keep the area clean. Nothing is worse than walking into someone’s home and smelling their cat before seeing it. To avoid being one of these cat-loving homeowners, make sure to clean your cat’s litterbox regularly. Furthermore, you should set up the litterbox in an out-of-the-way area and keep the surrounding area clean of stray litter.
- Also, you should invest in a good litter deodorizer. There are many great litter deodorizers on the market to choose from, so try a few before settling on the right one for your home.
Keep Your Filters Fur-Free
In addition to worrying about fur you must keep pet dander at bay. These tiny particles of dead skin can easily get caught in your air conditioner’s filters. Over time, these filters become covered in dust, pet hair, and dander. Not only can this block airflow but can also compromise the air quality in your home. Change your filters regularly. Furthermore, we recommend looking for High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. These are the best filters for catching pet dander.
Ensure Pet Doors Are Draft-Free
While pet doors are a fantastic way to provide your pet with free access to the outdoors, they can lead to drafts. These drafts can cause your HVAC system to work overtime and your energy bill to increase. Avoid this problem by ensuring your pet door is properly caulked and weatherproofed.
Fence off Your Condenser
In many cases, your outdoor condenser is located outdoors along your house where your dog can easily reach it. This means your dog can easily choose to mark this unit and cause serious damage to the condenser. Avoid this expensive issue by fencing the area around your condenser and out of reach from your pets.
Consider Your Furry Family Members When You Program Your Thermostat Settings
Another consideration for responsible pet owners is how you program your thermostat. We recommend investing in a programmable or smart thermostat to make considerations for your pets an easier habit to adopt. Although you may be tempted to drastically raise or lower your thermostat while you are away, your furry family members remain behind. Program your thermostat to a specific “pet temperature” while you are away to make sure they stay comfortable and safe throughout the day.
Invest in an Air Purifier
As another way to lighten the burden on your air filters, invest in an air purifier. There are many portable air purifiers on the market, as well as whole-home systems. Either way, we recommend having a HEPA purifier, because they ensure removal of 99.97% of pet dander from your air.
Let a Complete Comfort HVAC Pro Help!
Even with these HVAC maintenance tips for pet owners, there is more you can do for your home by letting an expert step in. If you are ready to enlist the help of professionals you can trust, call Complete Comfort today at 317-671-7552 or fill out a service request form on our website!