Updated: Sep 19, 2019

As you know we have four dogs which not only keep us busy but they impact our home's environment as well, so I wanted to share these tips for keeping your HVAC systems (HVAC stands for heating, ventilating and air conditioning) running at peak efficiency. We try to do these things on a regular basis.

Living with dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals inside your house can also mean living with fur, dander, and dirt, as well. This is bad news for your air ducts, which can become clogged and contaminated with the extra debris. Whether your pet sheds a lot or hardly at all, make sure to bathe and brush your pet often to minimize the dirt, dander, and other allergens that can infiltrate your home. You should also take care to vacuum carpets, sweep and mop floors, and dust your furniture on a very regular basis to keep the stray hairs, dirt, and other substances from making their way into your HVAC system’s air ducts. Your pet can only stay as clean as the surrounding environment it lives in. Finally, your system does not need to work as hard when you’re not around. Your pets can handle a larger temperature range more effectively, which allows for your HVAC to not work as hard.

Part of the maintenance you’ll need to do to keep your HVAC system free of pet hair and dander is to replace your HVAC filter on a regular basis. Debris, dander, fur, and other small particles get caught in the filters, which blocks the airflow through the vents. Replacing your HVAC filter every so often will ensure that your air conditioning unit is functioning at high performance all year round while enhancing the energy efficiency of your home.

The last thing to touch on is getting your ducts cleaned. Air duct cleaning is a complicated process and is best handled by professional HVAC repair and maintenance companies like Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning. Proper maintenance, including air duct cleaning, repairs, and other services are essential for the health of your HVAC system and can keep your unit functioning at top capacity now and well into the future, whether you have pets on the property, or not.

Source: Excerpts from: Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning

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