There are a few basic home care considerations any owner of a furry or hairy pet must keep in mind, and one of these is general HVAC and air quality upkeep. Because of their hair and dander, such pets can have a significant impact on these areas — luckily, with the right basic approaches and precautions, you can keep your air quality high and your HVAC system in great shape all year round.
At Green Line Heating & Air, we’re here to help with numerous related themes, from indoor air quality programs to HVAC repairs and replacements of all shapes and sizes. What are some of the top recommendations we make to clients on maintaining good air quality while also keeping the heating and air system in great shape with a pet in the home? This two-part blog series will go over several basic themes.
Filters, Filters, Filters
Air filters are of vital importance in any home or building, but particularly so for a home with pets. When you have a pet that sheds or otherwise contributes to dander in the air, it’s even more important to pay attention to the quality of your filters and keep them clean regularly.
Today there are many options for filters that work well on their own but also give homeowners some leeway if they want to clean them. HEPA filters are one type of option that can be found in conventional HVAC systems, and they do a great job at catching pet hair, pollen, and dander.
While not specific to a component of your HVAC system, regular pet brushing is one of the best things you can do to combat pet hair and dander in your home — and it’s good for your animal’s health, too!
When you brush your pet, you loosen up their topcoat and help remove any dead hair or skin that could be trapped there. This not only reduces the amount of shedding around your home but also helps reduce any mats or knots that could cause your pet discomfort.
In addition, regular brushing can help stimulate your pet’s circulation and promote a healthy coat. It’s a win-win for everyone in the family!
Another important consideration is duct cleaning. Even if you have a system with fairly decent filtration options and regular filter changes, the air ducts themselves can become full of pet hair and dander over time.
A routine duct cleaning by a professional HVAC company can help remove this build-up and restore good airflow throughout your home — improving both your air quality and the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
These are just a few of the many recommendations we make to our clients who have pets in their homes. To learn more about how to keep your air quality high, or any other aspect of HVAC maintenance and upgrades, contact us at Green Line Heating & Air today!