Watching Those Filters

How To Keep Your HVAC System Safe From Pets

You love your pets and will go to great lengths to keep them happy and comfortable. Unfortunately, pet owners tend to overlook the potential damage their pets can do to their HVAC systems. Whether it's poor air flow caused by filters packed with pet hair or it's physically damaged components, pets can take a surprising toll on your HVAC system.

If you want to keep yourself and your pets comfortable, then it pays to pay attention to your HVAC system's overall health. Here are a few things you can do to keep your HVAC unit safe from the slings and arrows of pet ownership.

Change Your HVAC Filters Often

Your HVAC system's air filter is one of the first lines of defense against all manner of debris, including pet hair and pet dander. So, it makes plenty of sense to check your HVAC filters on a regular basis. If you have multiple pets or pets that shed their hair heavily, you should check and replace your HVAC filters more often.

Keep Your Pets Bathed and Groomed

When was the last time you gave Fido or Fifi a bath and a good brushing? Bathing and grooming your pets does more than promote healthy skin and fur—it also helps combat allergens and odors while controlling stray hair and pet dander. Brushing is an absolute must for certain pet breeds that are heavy shedders, since that pet hair could easily end up inside your HVAC system.

Use Air Purification Systems for Cleaner Air

Your HVAC system's air filter may not be enough to keep your home's indoor air free of pet dander and other harmful pollutants. A dedicated air purification system is better suited for removing dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores. These systems can be integrated within your existing HVAC system, but there are also standalone units you can move from room to room for targeted air purification.

Keep Pets Away from the Outdoor Unit

If you own a split AC system with an outdoor component, keeping that outdoor unit well protected is paramount. Urine from dogs and other pets with a habit of marking their territory can corrode the unit over time, resulting in deteriorated components. Pets can also claw at the condenser fins and chew on wiring and insulation.

To protect your outdoor unit, consider placing some sort of barrier around it. A simple fence can help keep pets at bay. A decorative wood enclosure with the right amount of ventilation and maintenance access can also protect your unit while giving your home an aesthetic boost.

Contact AC contractors in your area for more information.