You love your cats and dogs, but you might not love all of the fur that they shed. Not only can fur and pet dander cause allergy symptoms to worsen, but it can also cause your air conditioner and furnace to need more maintenance. While you can't keep your pet from shedding, by incorporating a few tasks into your daily, weekly, and monthly routine, your HVAC system will run more smoothly and last longer.
Brush and Bathe Your Pets
Most cats and dogs shed, but you can reduce the amount of fur that floats in the air and clogs your vents, air conditioner, and furnace by grooming pets regularly. Cats love being brushed, so you'll make your feline friend purr while trapping most of their fur in the brush. Dogs usually aren't as excited about this type of grooming, but they should be brushed regularly, too, especially if you have a breed with long fur or a dog that's shedding its winter or summer coat. You should also give dogs baths on a regular basis to control dander.
When you have pets that shed, you need to adjust your cleaning routine to suit the extra fur and dander. One of the primary areas that you should clean often is your pet's bed. This is especially true if your dog or cat enjoys spending time by the heat or cool of a register. Also, you'll need to dust and vacuum more often so that dander and fur are less likely to be pulled into the ductwork.
Maintain Your Vents and Ductwork
An HVAC professional can clean out your ducts
on an annual basis. This is especially necessary when you have pets. You can also have your ducts sealed to prevent fur and dander from entering through the cracks. You might also save on your energy bill because you'll lose less heated and cooled air through gaps.
Change Your Filters
Changing the filters on your furnace should be one of your top priorities. Most furnace filters need to be changed once every three months although some might need it more or less often. If the filter is gray and dusty, it's likely time to switch it out for a new one. When you change your filter, your furnace won't need to work as hard, and you'll be keeping more contaminants out of the system.
Buy an Air Purifier
Air purifiers can filter out some of the dander that can build up on your HVAC system. It will also make breathing easier for people with allergies. The units are small, so you might need to purchase more than one, especially if your home has multiple levels.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
One of the most thorough ways of maintaining your heating and cooling system is to have an HVAC professional look at your system and do simple maintenance before small problems become larger and more expensive.
Keeping your heating
system working properly should be at the top of your priority list all year round. When you adjust your maintenance, grooming, and cleaning routines to reduce the amount of fur in your environment, your furnace and air conditioner will work longer with less need for major repairs.