The majority of American households host at least one pet. Whether you own dogs or cats, studies show that pets can help improve your mental health. Staying physically healthy with pets in the vicinity is a different issue. Pet dander, as well as what they track in from outside, can cause allergy and asthma flare-ups. Here are some solid tips for maintaining your HVAC system without getting rid of your furry friends.
Block Pets From Touching Your Outdoor HVAC Unit
HVAC units are, admittedly, quite sturdy. They last for well over a decade in most cases and remain functional despite the threats Mother Nature may present. If you have pets, however, you should consider protecting your outdoor HVAC unit from them. Build a structure around them, such as a wire fence that won’t block airflow, to keep your beloved animals at bay.
Groom Your Pets Regularly
One of the most crucial HVAC care tips doesn’t actually involve the HVAC system itself. While cats may keep themselves clean, dogs need regular brushing to keep HVAC problems from rearing their ugly heads. Take your dog outside a few times a week and brush its coat. If it’s a long-haired breed, take your dog for a haircut every so often as this can reduce the spread of dander and hair indoors. Lastly, try not to welcome pollen and other outdoor allergens into your home by limiting your pet’s contact with grass and other plants; if the dog enjoys playing in the grass, regular baths may be a prudent idea.
Sweep, Vacuum, and Mop Regularly
Cleaning isn’t fun for most people, although it’s a necessity if you value HVAC longevity and your own pets. Sweeping will remove hair, but it might not do a good job of removing pet dander, especially if you have carpets or rugs. Regular mopping is also recommended to send dander packing.
Still having problems with your HVAC system? Reach out to us, Air Comfort of KY, to learn how we can improve your home’s indoor air quality without kicking your pets to the curb. We can also help with ductwork, air purification, and commercial HVAC in the Louisville, KY, area, so give us a call today.