We love our furry friends, but sometimes, we just don’t love ALL that fur and hair. You can’t turn a blind eye to the pet hair on your furniture or clothes, but have you ever thought about what pet hair and dander can do to your HVAC system?

If you’re a pet owner, you can be almost certain that the hair and dander are ending up in your HVAC filter, affecting your climate control system.

Pet Owners: In order to maintain your HVAC system and control energy use in your home, keep the following in mind:

  • Replace filters diligently. If you have one or more shedding pets in the home, you should check your HVAC filter before it’s due for replacement. It’s not uncommon for it to be matted and clogged with hair, skin cells, and other particles your pet produces. A qualified HVAC professional can advise you on the best filter for your system and situation.
  • Clean your home regularly. One of the keys to avoiding those filter clogs is preventing most hair and dander from reaching the filter. Call our friends at The Cleaning Authority if you need some help!
  • Brush your pet often. Brushes designed specifically for pet hair removal make this job much easier, or you can just take your pet to the groomer every few weeks.
  • Get your ducts cleaned. Have your HVAC technician inspect your ductwork to determine if duct cleaning is warranted. Removing accumulated pet dander is an important part of deodorizing your home and keeping your indoor air fresh.
  • Adjust your thermostat when only pets are home. Your pets can remain safe and comfortable in a wide temperature range. You could save energy and money by setting your temperature as low as 65 degrees in the winter and as high as 80 degrees in the summer when only pets are home.
  • Fence off your outdoor AC unit. If you leave your pets unattended in the yard, you can help keep them and your air conditioner safe by creating a breathable barrier around your outdoor unit. It’s safe for pets to be around these units, but restricting access will make sure cats don’t claw at the fins and dogs don’t chew on the cables.

Making these tips a part of your routine will help you save energy, extend the life of your HVAC system, and keep your pets safe and sound. If you’re considering duct cleaning, upgrading your HVAC filter, or switching to a smart thermostat to help you save energy while you’re not home, get in touch with your local One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.