4 HVAC Tips for Furry Family Members
Family members come in all shapes, sizes, and species. If your house is home to a furry or feathery friend, there are simple things you can do to ensure that your home’s HVAC system is running smoothly, that your indoor air quality is optimal, and that your furry friends are comfortable.
Get Rid of Dander
Pet dander is the microscopic flakes of skin that can be found on fur or feathers. It is one of the most common sources of allergies. Most people don’t realize that they are actually allergic to dander, and not pet hair.
Because most pets produce dander, it is important to get it under control. In order to keep the air in your home healthy, homeowners need to prevent dander from accumulating in their HVAC systems.
The easiest way to reduce dander is regular grooming of your pets. If your pets are clean and their skin is moisturized, they will produce less dander. Use a moisturizing soap (if you need a recommendation, check with your veterinarian) and brush your pet’s fur at least once per week.
Change Your Filter (More Often)
We always recommend changing your air filter on a regular basis, but if you have a pet in your home, you should be changing it more often to ensure higher, indoor air quality.
Upgrade Your Filter
If you don’t think you will be able to change your filter more frequently, you may want to consider upgrading to a higher quality product. HEPA filters are a great choice. HEPA filter contain dense fiber layers, and can capture the most microscopic particles, before they reach your lungs. This type of filter is highly effective and can remove 99% of particles from your home’s air.
Clean Your Ducts
The metal of your ductwork is a magnet for dander and debris. The tiny dander particles love to make themselves at home in the dampness of your ductwork. This means that ducts can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. By scheduling a regular cleaning for your ducts, you will prevent the recirculation of debris when your HVAC system turns on. You’re your family breathing easy by scheduling an annual duct cleaning.
Our technicians want to improve your home’s indoor air quality, while you enjoy time with your furry (and non-furry) family members. Call us to schedule an appointment today!