We all love our pets because they offer us unconditional love and companionship. Owning a pet is a big responsibility and with that responsibility comes making sure that your home is a loving and safe environment for them. This means you need to add a little extra effort when it comes to your HVAC system. Here are some tips to help keep your pets from wreaking havoc on your HVAC system, plus ways to keep your home safe and comfortable for them.

Clean Dog Cleaner Home

One of the more obvious tips is to keep your pets clean. Dander from pets is a leading issue in the quality of air in your home. Did you know that the leading cause of allergies is from the dander of cats and dogs? There is only one way to help minimize this problem and that is to regularly bathe and brush your pets. Dusting and vacuuming regularly in your home is also a good way to reduce pet hair and keep your air feeling fresh.

Exposed Wires

One of the most alluring and dangerous chew toys for pets in your home is exposed wire. You see this commonly in puppies and kitten, but can never be too safe when it comes to your grown pets either. To keep your pets safe, use a hard metal conduit to enclose wires. 

HVAC Air Filter

There’s no lying that dogs and cats shed a lot of hair. This could cause your HVAC system to work twice as hard and not be as effective. Your HVAC system sucks in air and with that air comes pet hair, which can clog your air filters. The result of this can mean paying higher utility bills and have the life of your HVAC system decrease.

So remember the first tip we told you about how a clean dog can mean a cleaner home? Remember to dust, vacuum, and routinely groom your pets to help ensure a longer lasting HVAC system and better air quality. Also remember to check your HVAC air filters regularly and replace them when needed.

Outside Condenser Units

If your pets are allowed free reign in your yard, your outside HVAC unit could come into harms way. We all know pets are curious and love to meddle in things they probably shouldn’t. One thing to watch out for is clawing at the outside condenser specially on your condenser coils. This could not only cause your HVAC unit harm but potentially injure your pet as well.

Dogs are notorious for marking their territory and who’s to say they wont use your HVAC system as a marker? Urine can cause corrosion over time and could end up causing a costly refrigerant leak. To avoid having any of these problems happen, an easy solution would be to put up some type of fencing or barrier around the unit. Just remember, you and your HVAC technician should still be able to easily access the unit. NO NOT fully over your unit. Shrubs and fencing should be at least 24 inches from all sides of the unit.

Let us know if you have any other questions that can help to improve your HVAC unit’s efficiency and lifespan. Contact us today at 515-635-5525 to set up an appointment for a service or simply call with a question.