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Essential HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

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Your furry friend is a bundle of joy, but at the same time, your cat or dog is also a bundle of fur, dander, and hair. This sort of debris can clog your vacuum, cover your couch, affect your air quality and impact how efficiently your home's heating and cooling systems function.

As a fur parent, learn what steps you can take to keep the rest of the family comfortable and your HVAC system functioning efficiently.

Grooming
Regular grooming is an essential first step if you want to keep your home more comfortable and prevent issues. One of the most significant challenges poor grooming introduces in terms of air quality is dander.

Given the small size of dander, it's quickly picked up and dispersed throughout the air, where it continually circulates through your home and irritates any allergy sufferers. Bathing your pet alone can diminish allergy concerns by as much as 85%.

Keep in mind that while some breeds don't produce as much dander as others, all cats and dogs produce some level of this allergen; a hypoallergenic cat or dog does not exist. So, always bath your dog as required. Regular vacuuming can also help towards this goal.

However, you want to make sure the vacuum is pet-rated; otherwise, you could spread more dander than you're removing from the surfaces in your home. Additionally, it's best to empty the contents of the vacuum outside to prevent the allergens from recirculating into your house.

Air Filters
If you're a new fur parent, it's time to toss out your old filter replacement schedule of every 90 days, as houses with pets have entirely different requirements. If you have one cat or dog, you need to replace the filter every 60 days, but if you have more than one pet, you may need to replace the filter as often as every 20 days.

Fur, dander and other particles settle on the filter and eventually cause it to clog. A clogged filter does little to keep new allergens from being introduced into the air inside your home, lowers the efficiency of the heating or cooling system, restricts airflow and can cause damage to your unit, including coil freezing.

Now, may also be an excellent time to change the type of filter you're using. If your current filter has a MERV rating of 7 or less, it's just not effective. Look for filters with an 8 MERV rating for the best results. 

Ducts
Whether it's warm or cold air, all air must first pass through the ducts before it's dispersed throughout your home. Given this fact, it's essential to keep your ducts as clean as possible to prevent allergen-filled air from filling your house. You can work towards this goal by having your ducts cleaned and sealed.

In terms of cleaning, aim to have this service performed somewhere between every 3 and 5 years. At your next cleaning, tell the technician when you last had the ducts cleaned. The technician should be able to evaluate the current condition of your ducts and help you determine where in this range is the better option for your home.

Concerning duct sealing, it's not unheard for ducks to have cracks or leaks. In addition to an uneven temperature throughout your home, leaks allow pet dander to get inside the ducts. During the cleaning, the technician will be able to tell you if you have any leaks that need repairing. 

The key to comfort and avoiding a system malfunction is regular maintenance. At KLEEN AIR, we can meet this need. Whether it's duct cleaning, an annual inspection or any other concern, one of our technicians is ready to assist you.