There are a lot of elements to home furnace maintenance. One big challenge how to protect your HVAC system against pets. Pet hair and dander do not always mix well with your ventilation system (the V in HVAC). This is especially if your household is allergic to pet dander. Good air filtration systems can cut down on the amount of hair and dander that gets into your home ventilation system. So that is one step to protect your home’s HVAC system from your pets. Fortunately, controlling pet hair and dander isn’t as difficult as you might think. Just follow these simple HVAC maintenance tips.
Protect Your HVAC Components Against Pet Hair and Dander
The best way to protect your HVAC system from your pets is to keep things as clean as possible. This will obviously mean cleaning your home of excessive pet hair, but it should also include changing your furnace filter regularly, wiping the dust from grates and air vents, and keeping your outdoor AC unit clear of dirt and debris if you have one. Not all of this is related to your pets, but it’s still an essential part of keeping your HVAC system in good working order.
Groom Your Pets
Furry animals shed. That’s a fact of life. Even short hair dog and cat breeds will leave fur on your carpet and on your furniture. At least some of that fur will end up in your home’s vents along with your pets’ dander. You might not be able to avoid this completely, but you can make your pets a little more HVAC-friendly by grooming them regularly. Pets with more fur or that shed more often will need more grooming than other animals, but at least brush your pets’ coats regularly if you don’t want to put too much stress on your HVAC system.
Add an Air Purifier to your Ventilation System
If you or anyone in your home is experiencing allergy symptoms due to pet dander, consider installing an air purifier in your home. Air purifiers remove harmful particles from the air in your home more effectively than a regular HVAC system. It can make a big difference if pet allergies are a serious issue in your home.
Don’t Skip Your Winter Furnace or Heater Inspection
Finally, never skip your winter heater inspection. Even if you’re experiencing a mild Bay Area winter, your HVAC system should be inspected at least once a year, preferably before the main heating season. Having a licensed HVAC contractor look over your heating and cooling system might uncover issues that need to be repaired before they get out of hand. If that isn’t the case, the peace of mind you’ll get from a professional inspection will be well worth it.
Protect Your HVAC Against Pets With a Great Air Filtration System
If you haven’t scheduled an HVAC inspection in your home this year, contact Element Home Solutions today. We service homes in Oakland, San Jose, East Bay, and the surrounding areas. We will be happy to assist you if you are in need of a qualified HVAC professional.