If you are a parent, by now you have realized just how frustrating it can be trying to keep all of the fur and dander cleaned up around your home. Not to mention keeping it from finding its way into your heating and cooling system and causing problems there. But they are our family members, and we will do whatever it takes to solve the problem. Wait, you do realize we’re talking about being a parent to fur babies, right?
If you have adorable pets in your home, you may or may not realize that you need to take some precautions to protect your home’s HVAC system from problems that can be caused by pet hair and dander. Here are some tips from Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling in Canal Winchester, Ohio, for HVAC care for pet owners:
HVAC and Furnace Care for Pet Owners in Canal Winchester, Ohio
Avoid Pet Hair Buildup in Your Home
Our pets are members of our family and we adore them, but we don’t adore all the dander and hair from their shedding. Allowing these substances to build up around your home is a surefire way to develop serious issues with your heating and cooling system in the form of clogging and blockages. Keep your home fur and dander free by sweeping and mopping, vacuuming, and dusting frequently. Clean furniture with a lint brush to remove pet hair and wash bedding and curtains often. Take pet beds and blankets outside, shake them off and air them out, and then launder them.
Keep Your Fur Babies Neatly Groomed
Pets cannot help the fact that they shed. It is a natural, necessary process that keeps them healthy. Still, you don’t want all that hair in your home, potentially making its way into your furnace. Treat your pets to professional grooming from time to time, even if you regularly bathe and brush them yourself. A professional groomer will provide a bath, flea dip, nail trim, haircut, etc., to ensure that you have a squeaky-clean pet and to reduce shedding and dander.
Reduce the Setting on Your Thermostat
How will turning down the temperature on your thermostat keep your pets from shedding? Just like the temperature in your home affects your skin in hair, causing it to be dry and brittle. If the air in your house is too warm, your pet’s skin is also affected. The ideal temperature setting for your pets is somewhere between the low to mid-60s and very low 70s. This prevents their skin and hair from becoming dry, which causes excessive shedding and dander.
A Clean Air Filter is a Must
Your furnace’s air filter collects the dirt debris and other pollutants from the air that will be warmed and circulated throughout your home. If you have pets, part of the debris that is filtered from the air includes pet hair and dander. These substances can quickly clog the air filter. It is a good idea to check the air filter twice a month during the winter and change it whenever it is dirty. This is extremely important to the upkeep of your HVAC system. If the air filter becomes clogged, air flow will be restricted. Your furnace will become overworked as it tries to force air through the filter. This will result in the motor becoming overheated, which can cause permanent damage to your HVAC system.
If You Have Pets, Use Pet-Friendly Furnace Filters
If you have pets in your home, it is a good idea to use special furnace filters that are specifically designed for homes that have pets. These filters are made to trap more dander and pet hair than regular filters. They can be especially helpful in homes where a family member suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory ailments.
Call in the Professionals
Once or twice a year (preferably twice in pet households), schedule a professional inspection and cleaning of your HVAC system. If you live in Canal Winchester, Ohio or the surrounding area, contact us and let us schedule an appointment for one of our licensed HVAC specialists to come out and perform a complete inspection and cleaning on your HVAC system, including the air ducts and vents. This will ensure that everything is in good working order and ready to keep your home and family warm and cozy throughout the winter months.
Wrapping It Up: HVAC Care for Pet Owners
Your pets are treasured members of your family, and keeping your HVAC system free of issues caused by shedding is simple. Keep your home clean and free of excessive amounts of pet hair. Have your pets professionally groomed and keep them groomed yourself in between visits. Check your furnace’s air filter frequently and change it whenever it becomes dirty to avoid problems from pet hair and dander clogs.
Let the professionals at Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling make sure your home is winter weather ready. Give us a call at 614-524-4737 Or visit us online to schedule an appointment for your HVAC inspection and cleaning. Our number one priority is our customers, and we are dedicated to providing them with the very best HVAC service in the industry.