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  • HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

    August 10, 2018

    Whether you’ve just introduced a new furry member of the family to your home, or if you’ve lived alongside one for what seems like forever, a new pet affects the air circulation in your home more than you may think.

    Even if it doesn’t shed all that much, the particles a pet brings in will get into the system of airflow without you even realizing it, and that can build up over time and pose a health risk to you and your family.

    But, have no fear. These risks can be minimized quite easily, and all it takes on your end is some careful maintenance of the HVAC unit that powers your home. In fact, the things you’ll need to do to ensure the air stays fresh and clean aren’t too strenuous, and you may not even notice that you’re doing anything beyond the typical day-to-day activities you already completed to maintain your air’s quality.

    Follow along, and let the HVAC experts at Barker Heating & Cooling give you a simple set of guidelines to help you be sure you and your pet are breathing in the freshest air possible.

    Don’t Fall Behind on Scheduled Maintenance

    Here’s one thing that not everyone remembers to take care of. Even if you don’t notice anything specifically wrong with your home’s air, and you’ve had no problems breathing it in, you aren’t necessarily off the hook.

    Have a professional come inspect your HVAC unit every year or so, and he’ll give a thorough look at all the components of your cooling system to make sure it’s all working correctly. Although spending money on an inspection you may not think you need is something that sounds pointless, it’s far better to spend a little now instead of later. By investing in preventative maintenance, you ensure you won’t have to shell out a lot of money for costly repairs down the line.

    Clean, Clean, Clean

    Of course, you were already cleaning your home before a pet entered the equation. But now, with an extra member of the family who sheds (although it may or may not be a lot), you’ve got to work a bit harder.

    Make a point to vacuum more frequently and scrub a bit harder, because allergens like to hang out around dogs and cats. Those can build up in your home’s ducts and vents, making it more likely that your home’s air will be contaminated.

    Adjust Your Air Filter Replacement

    Arguably the most important thing you can do at home, however, is make sure your HVAC filters are replaced on time. While you’re usually supposed to swap them out every 60 to 90 days in a pet-free home, that timeframe needs to be shortened with a new furry friend in the fold.

    Aim to replace your filter every 45 to 60 days, and also consider upgrading to a HEPA filter – it’ll catch more particles than a lower-quality one would. For even more efficiency, getting an electronic filter, which is washable and doesn’t need replacing, will save you money on the filters you’d be purchasing.

    A new pet is exciting, thrilling and heartwarming. You and your family are supposed to enjoy having a new member there, and you’ll be able to do just that by taking care of the air quality you all breathe. Barker Heating & Cooling can help you take your IAQ to the next level, so give us a call at 925-276-9601!