How to Keep Dog Hair Out of Vents & Other Central Air Conditioning Tips for Pet Owners in Green Valley Ranch, NV

For those with single or multiple pets in your home, you might be surprised to learn how they affect your HVAC system. They can contribute to many failures or premature wear of your HVAC and its various components. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to tell all the wonderful pet owners out there, how you can properly care for your HVAC system and prevent premature failure of your HVAC system.

How to Protect Your AC Unit from Dogs & Cats

Replace Air Filters – Both cats and dogs have a shedding season where they expel a considerable amount of hair and dander. During this season of excess shedding, you will need to change the air filters more frequently. When the filters become impacted with hair, dander and dust, they cause air flow restriction. Restricted air flow can cause a number of different problems from frozen evaporator coils, short cycling, to poor efficiency. To help maintain your home’s HVAC system, especially during shedding season, make sure you frequently check you air filters and change them as they need it. In most homes with pets, filters need to be changed once a month. To help reduce the amount of hair and dander from your pets that can get sucked in to the air filter, it helps to clean your home regularly. By vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting you can reduce the amount of pet hair and dander greatly. Additionally, it also helps to keep your pets brushed and cleaned.
Cleaning Air Ducts – If your air filters get clogged up with pet hair and dander, then so will your air ducts. For those who have pets, air ducts should be cleaned about every three to five years to help remove the hair inside the air ducts. This will help with efficiency and also improve your home indoor air quality as well. When your HVAC system is running, it is blowing air through the air ducts and into the various rooms of the home. This causes the dander, hair, and dust to continue to spread through the home and back into your air filters. This is why it’s a good idea to have air ducts cleaned regularly, especially those with pets.
Thermostat Adjustments – Most pet owners will leave the heat or air conditioner on a comfortable degree to accommodate your pets. The coats of both dogs and cats are designed to help cool or warm them up and don’t necessarily need you to keep the temperature at a comfortable setting. When you leave your pets at home, adjust your thermostat to 65 degrees in the winter and around 80 degrees in the summer. These temperatures will help improve your efficiency while your pet will still remain comfortable.
Protect Outdoor A/C Unit – Outdoor A/C units occasionally get damaged due to hair getting caught in the fans restricting their function or wiring can get chewed on. It is recommended that you put a barrier around your outdoor ground A/C units to unsure the surrounding area stays clean and protected from possible pet damages.

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When owning a pet, there are a lot of things each owner must undertake, including protecting their homes HVAC system. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning hopes you will take the proper steps in protecting and caring for your home’s HVAC system. For all of your HVAC needs, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today.