Smart HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

Summer is the season to fire up the grill, get in the pool, and prepare for that family vacation you’ve been planning. But there’s one member of the family who may not be onboard for your summer fun—your dog or cat. While most homeowners are adept at finding ways to keep themselves cool in the heat, having a pet changes the equation for how to keep everyone in hour house – dog and cat included – happy and comfortable throughout the season. Keep reading for some smart HVAC tips for pet owners, and remember that for all your air conditioning service needs, you can always count on our experts at EnviroSafe.

5 AC Tips Every Pet Owner Should Follow

  1. Monitor Air Filters: Pet fur and dander are some of the biggest causes of air filter clogs in any home. That’s why if you have a pet, it is important to change your air filter more frequently, so you can protect your indoor air quality. For instance, if your filter is supposed to be changed every three months, consider changing it every two months. For dogs that shed seasonally, their heaviest shedding seasons are fall and spring, so it is also a good idea to replace your filter more in the months prior to summer and winter. And of course, installing a better air filter will make life easier for yourself and your pets. We recommend air filters with a high MERV rating, something in the 10-12 range. This is particularly important if there is anyone with allergies or asthma in the house.
  2. Create a Barrier Around the Exterior AC Unit: Your exterior AC unit, or condenser, is basically a giant suction machine. Its vents pull outdoor air in, which your system then cools through its coils and cycles throughout your home. If your pet rubs the condenser, as dogs and cats sometimes like to do, their fur will get sucked directly into the unit, and then recycled with your cool air. This may not only clog your outdoor unit, but will affect air quality, as pet dander mixes in with your indoor air. It’s also important to remember that some dogs like to urinate on upright objects, and this is pretty much the last thing you want your AC to be circulating. By building a fence a few feet around your AC unit, you can help protect it from any interference on the part of your pets or other animals.
  3. Vacuum Your House Often: Sounds pretty simple, right? As homeowners with shedding animals already know, vacuuming is essential for maintaining cleanliness and good air quality. But it’s also important to consider that your HVAC system’s air intake can suck in pet hair and dander, clogging your AC filter and cycling these allergens around your house. That’s why vacuuming even more frequently during high shedding months is extremely important. Use the vacuum hose to pick up fur that is hiding in corners and under surfaces as well, especially if your pet has free reign of the house and can shed anywhere they want.
  4. Remember to Call for Seasonal HVAC Maintenance: The fact of the matter is that having a pet automatically puts more strain on your heating and cooling system. Obviously, it’s worth it for the love you get, but that doesn’t mean you should just accept that your heating and AC equipment is going to work worse. By calling for seasonal HVAC maintenance, you’ll be able to keep your air conditioner and heater functioning at peak performance for years to come, while still enjoying the companionship of your animal family members.
  5. Give Your Pets the Attention They Deserve: Perhaps the best way to keep your pet’s fur and dander out of the AC unit—just pay attention to them! Brushing your dog, cat, or even your rabbit is a good bonding activity for you and your pet and it helps maintain clean air quality. Also, the more time you spend with your pets, the less time they have to walk around shedding on things. Brushing pets outside is a particularly good idea, because if your pets shake, their fur will go flying into the air outside, rather than the air indoors.

To learn more about how to optimize your HVAC system for best performance, call EnviroSafe now at (856) 878-2806, or just click here to contact us online.