You may not realize it, but your beloved pet has a direct effect on the quality of the air you breathe in your home. We love them dearly … but we need to be mindful of the following guidelines to keep our heating and cooling systems in operating at peak performance:
Maintain your HVAC system regularly.
Pet hair and dander can block filters which can then reduce the efficiency of your unit and may cause an increase in energy consumption.
Upgrade your HVAC filter.
Select an HVAC filter with high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating for more efficient function. A MERV rating of 8 and higher is the recommended air conditioner filter for homes with pets.
Change your HVAC filter more often.
In addition to pet hair, dander can get into your ducts and cause issues. Dander are tiny particles of dead skin that become airborne once they come off your pets. This gets caught in your air conditioner’s air filters and can block airflow.
Clean Air Vents.
Both hair and dander can easily clog air vents too. When you’re vacuuming your home, don’t forget to switch to hose mode and suck up the hair and dust on and around your air vents. Be sure your HVAC system is off when you vacuum the vents.
Don’t forget the floor vents, too. Pets like to lay on floor vents and hair and dander gets in there as well. Turn off the HVAC system and take the vent covers off. Clean them with a duster, soft cloth, brush or vacuum.
Seal your ducts.
Pet hair and dander can find their way to your air ducts if leaks are present. Your air duct transports the air from your HVAC system throughout your home. A regular duct inspection and cleaning can ensure that there are no leaks present.
Turn off your condenser unit.
Shut off the breaker to your condenser unit. If the main power is left on, the condenser will continue to accept 24 volts to the contactor. This will generate heat that rodents will nest around. Rodent urine is acidic and the animals will eat wiring.
Install an Air Purifier.
A HEPA air purifier can ensure that up to 99.97% of pet dander is removed from the air in the home before it reaches the air filters. Air purifiers help reduce the amount of pet hair and dander that gets into the home ventilation system and help to reduce other types of airborne pollutants, including viruses, mold spores, bacteria, pollen, smoke and chemical odors. Family members who suffer from allergies or asthma will appreciate having an air purifier installed.
It goes without saying, that regular baths will help rid your pets of pollen and dirt that accumulate on your pets’ fur. Not only will keeping your pet clean avoid discomforts and health risks, it will reduce the causes of allergens that can circulate through the home.