When it comes to caring for your HVAC system with pets in the home, you will definitely have your hands full. You’ll have a few additional items on your list compared to the normal homeowner if you happen to own pets. This pet hair and dander can get into your HVAC filter, often affecting the efficiency of your system and potentially costing you money.

At Whipple Service Champions, we’re here to help. Here are some basic HVAC tips for pet owners that will help you avoid rising costs, plus potential allergy or other respiratory issues.

Filter Replacement

If you have a shedding pet, you should be checking your HVAC filters more often than the recommended guidelines. It will often be filled with hair and skin cells from your pet, which can clog the filter much faster than it would get clogged in a normal home. Some pet owners find success switching to a reusable filter that can be cleaned with a garden hose.

Bathing and Brushing

One of the best ways to prevent hair and dander from entering your HVAC system is by harvesting it directly from the pet’s body. Use brushes that are designed specifically for this purpose, and use frequent bathing periods as well. For the busy pet owner, consider using a paid groomer every couple of weeks.

Duct and Home Cleaning

Some particles will naturally make it around your whole system, including your ducts. At least once every couple of years, you should have your ducts inspected to decide if cleaning is needed. This frequency will increase with the more pets you own.

In addition, make sure your home itself is clean. Use items like the vacuum to suck up pet hair around the home. This can help prevent these unwanted items from making their way to the HVAC filter.

Thermostat Considerations

Pets can stay safe and comfortable in a very wide temperature range. Knowing this, you can save a great deal of energy and money by changing your thermostat settings. Go as low as about 65 degrees in winter, and as high as 80 in the summer during periods when only pets are home. This is a great way to save energy costs.

For more on HVAC pet considerations, or to learn about any of our HVAC repair services, speak to the pros at Whipple Service Champions today.