For many people, pets are considered part of the family and are kept indoors most of the time. However, there are some challenges that can arise when it comes to the HVAC system in your home. Pollutants pets can carry into the home after a nice afternoon walk and the dander they can shed directly impact your A/C and heating system because it’s one giant filtration system; if those pollutants are recirculating through your HVAC system then it can wreak havoc on not only your allergies but your HVAC system as well.
How to get the cleanest air quality from your AC
It’s not only vital to your A/C system but also for your own health and the health of your family to regularly change your air filters.
There are a few factors to take in to consideration when determining how often you should change your home’s air filters. For example, if it is a vacation home with no pets, then changing your filters once or twice a year may be fine. If it is a modern suburban home with no pets, changing your filters every 90 days works. But, anytime a pet occupies a home, it is standard to change your filters every 30 days.
Never use low quality air filters, as they allow the pet dandruff and dust to recirculate into the home, and can end up costing more money down the road. Overtime, costs add up because of the low air quality and the damage it does to your health and to your HVAC unit’s vents, ducts, coils, etc. Don’t place objects that have dirt or dust on them near your intake vent, such as a vacuum, shoes, laundry basket, or pet crate.
By grooming your pets regularly, preferably outside the home you will also keep your pet happy and your home’s air cleaner. Doing this should also mean there is noticeably less pet hair in your air filter when you change it. Dogs and cats who have longer, thicker coats should be brushed every 2 days and should be bathed every 2 weeks. You can double the time in between brushing and bathing if your pet has shorter hair, which means they should be brushed every 4 days and bathed at least once a month.
Keeping your carpet vacuumed daily is another important step to having healthy air quality and maximizing your systems performance and longevity. Using a quality vacuum that is tailored specifically for pet dandruff and hair is another plus, as it removes specific allergens that pets have naturally.
Keeping your temperature settings as moderate as possible will not only save you some money, but will also reduce the amount of hair your pets shed. In the summer months dogs and cats shed their winter coat and keeping the A/C settings too low or high can have an adverse effect on how the natural shedding process takes place. The recommended setting for climates such as Florida is between 69-76 degrees during the summer months and in the winter months the setting should be from 68 to 72 degrees. A mistake pet owners make is turning the thermostat up to 80 degrees when they leave the house which causes shedding to be a year-round problem – adversely impacting the air quality and air conditioning unit.
While you can do much to limit the effects of pet hair and dander on the quality of your indoor air, you’ll need some specialized help now and then. That’s why it’s always a good idea to schedule regular HVAC maintenance with EasyBreezy A/C, recommended at least twice a year for pet owners.
During our routine inspections, we’ll make sure that your HVAC system is cleaned carefully, and we’ll identify any issues that should be resolved quickly. A checkup helps keep your HVAC system working smoothly, keeps your system running longer and saves you money!