Your friendly other family members might be causing more problems than you realize. Pets are the best, even if they don’t know the havoc, they could wreck an HVAC system. They are there for your best and worst days, ready to share any moment with you. They make sure that your life can be improved even when it seems impossible. Of course, the downside is most furry friends come with a lot of extra clean-up. Pet fur and dandruff can become covered on almost every surface in your home. Here are some quick HVAC maintenance tips for pet owners.
Give Your Pet a Good Groom
Most pets get new summer coats which can help reduce a lot of shedding. For those breeds of dogs as well as cats where it’s not possible, be sure to brush and groom as much as you can. This will have an impact on the amount of shedding that happens, which can also count down on your cleaning time. If a dog or cat goes ungroomed for too long, the excess hair may build up enough to block a vent. This will lead to more expensive repairs in the future.
Change Your Filters
If you haven’t checked your filter since last summer, then now is a good time to replace and check for blockage. Replace filters with the change of the seasons, even if you haven’t been using your HVAC system as much. This is especially true for pet owners, who have to deal with added inside pollutants. A filter rating scale goes from 1 to 20 for efficiency at sorting what gets cycled through a system. A high filter will catch even the smallest of particles and rates between 14 to 17. This will ensure even the pet owner with highest amount of shedding or dandruff, will be able to rest easy.
Check Your Ducts
The last of our HVAC maintenance tips for pet owners is to check and clean your air ducts. Any time that you might be cleaning the opening to your air ducts, would be a good time to check for leaks. A leak can let in higher than normal amounts of pet hair and clogging your filters faster. To avoid the problem, check the openings of your vents and seal as needed. You can use a basic duct sealant or duct metal tape to repair any holes.
If you have any questions about HVAC maintenance, call Beam HVAC today. We are happy to help!