HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

September 21, 2017

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    Having a pet is one of the greatest joys of life but at the same time one of the greatest responsibilities. Owners have to take care of them because pets are not simply toys; they are family members who need care and attention.

    Pets require walking and cleaning up after, but there is also effort required when it comes to maintaining your HVAC systems and providing a safe environment for them. Air conditioning in Gilbert, Arizona can be a welcome addition for homeowners, but they also need to have their pets in mind.

    Here are some of the useful tips for HVAC maintenance for pet owners.

    Regular cleaning

    Pet owners should give their pets regular baths in order to prevent possible accumulation of dirt they have brought from outside walks. Pet dander is one of the leading causes of allergies, especially when it is distributed through an HVAC system. Regular baths need to be followed by regular brushing, as well as vacuuming and dusting of the home area.

    Regular HVAC check-up

    Homeowners should have their HVAC systems checked up regularly, especially if they have a pet. Having a pet means their dander or hair can get in the HVAC system and clog it, resulting in reduced efficiency and increased energy consumption. Regular check-ups will also prevent the allergens from spreading, as well as increase the heating and cooling system lifespan.

    Upgrading the filter

    Apart from the obligatory regular filter check-up, a good idea might be to upgrade it. The right choice for pet owners is a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which can be used to better filter out the allergens and pollutants in your home.

    Check for exposed wires

    An HVAC system can have exposed wires, which can be interesting to your pets. No matter if they are puppies or grown pets, they might find themselves chewing the wires, which can lead to a real disaster. In order to prevent this from happening, you should check the whole place for exposed wires, and enclose them in a conduit, so your pets can’t get hurt.

    Cover the condenser units

    If your pet can roam the backyard freely, it might find its way to the outside condenser unit of your HVAC system and make trouble. Some pets might try to dig or claw the units, which might hurt their feet or damage the unit. Others, such as dogs, might urinate on the unit, marking their territory, which can corrode the unit and leak to dangerous leaks. This is why it is a good idea to enclose the outside unit inside a fence or other type of barrier which will prevent your pet from reaching it.

    Clean and seal the ducts

    Not only does your air filter needs to be cleaned, but also the air ducts, which take the air from the HVAC unit and distributes it through your home. They need to be thoroughly cleaned from all the pet hair and dander, so they can operate clearly. You should also look for possible leaks because this is another way the ducts can be compromised. After sealing them, you can rest assured the air quality will be higher.

    Ensure your home is safe for your pet

    At Hughes Air Conditioning, Heating & Cooling, we have the skilled technicians who can do a check-up of your HVAC system and make sure it is optimized and safe for your pet. Call us to schedule a visit so we can ensure the best possible option and comfort for your home.