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Homes With Pets: HVAC Tips

Homes with pets have a few challenges when it comes to the HVAC system. But if you’re aware of them, you can actually enlist your HVAC to help you manage living with indoor pets better. Here’s how.

Pets and Your Air Filter

It’s probably no surprise to homeowners with shedding pets that they have to stay on top of the shedding hair to keep their homes comfortable. Frequent vacuuming is the key for keeping floors and upholstery clean. But vacuuming also helps keep the hair from being drawn into the HVAC system, where it can clog the filter and slow down air flow.

And then there’s pet dander. It’s the flaky stuff that pets shed, and that many people are allergic to. Your filter helps absorb some of this dander, but you need to remember to change the filter frequently — as often as the manufacturer recommends, but more often if you have a large dog or more than one pet. If you’re allergic to pet dander, you may need to install an air cleaner.

Pets that go outdoors but that live inside also bring dirt into the home. That will also have an impact on your air filter, so again, check it often and change it as needed.

Brushing pets frequently, and bathing them as often as the vet recommends can also be helpful for controlling hair, dirt and dander.

Other Tips

  1. Your dog may find the outdoor condenser a convenient place to hike his leg. Pet urine can cause corrosion, so you may want to protect the unit by building a fence around it. If you have a cat, you may need to protect the unit from clawing or climbing.
  2. Puppies in particular love to chew, so if you have any exposed electrical cords for your HVAC system or any appliances, move them or protect them by blocking pet access with furniture or other items. You might also try enclosing cords in conduits.

For more on protecting homes with pets, contact Beyer Boys. We’ve served San Antonio for 25 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).