We love our pets, but all that fur can interfere with HVAC performance. Excessive pet hair and dander can clog up filters and air vents, impeding your unit’s efficiency and the air quality in your home. In today’s post, the experts at Kinkaid provide 5 HVAC tips for pet owners.
HVAC Maintenance with Pets
The following tips will help keep everyone happy and healthy:
1. Replace Air Filters
Dirty air filters keep your unit from running efficiently. Pet owners might need to replace air filters (or clean reusable filters) roughly every 30 days, depending on the number of pets in the home. HEPA-type air filters can be helpful to those who suffer from allergies.
2. Groom Your Pets.
Our pets tend to shed more in the spring and fall to prepare for a change in the weather. Regular grooming will help keep pet hair at bay. Extra attention during their shedding seasons will help ensure your HVAC unit keeps running smoothly.
3. Vacuum Often.
Managing pet hair takes on many forms. Vacuum carpets, couches and bedding frequently to keep pet hair out of your air filters and air ducts.
4. Adjust Your Thermostat.
Our pets are often less sensitive to temperature changes than we are. While it’s important to avoid extreme temperature changes with pets in the home, small changes can save you money over time. Set the thermostat 1–3°F higher in the summertime while you are away during the day to preserve your HVAC unit and save on utility costs. A programmable thermostat makes this easy.
5. Install Pet Doors Properly
Air leaks from pet doors that aren’t properly sealed during installation can drive up utility costs. Ensure pet doors are well caulked (sealed with a waterproof sealant) and secure them when they aren’t being used.
Get an Annual Tune-Up from Kinkaid!
The best way pet owners can prepare their A/C units for the spring and summer is to schedule an annual tune-up from Kinkaid. Our qualified technicians will clean your unit top-to-bottom and inspect it for loose or worn parts. We can also make maintenance recommendations based on your home and the number of pets you have. Kinkaid proudly serves Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Philadelphia, and Chester Counties. Contact us today to get started!