Pets are awesome.
They give us love, comfort, amusement, security, and so much more. Unfortunately, they also give us dander and shed fur that can aggravate allergies and other respiratory conditions. The fur and dander can also end up in your home’s HVAC system.
Warmer weather tends to be when pets shed the most. So we’ve put together some tips to help you take care of your pets and your HVAC system so you all can breathe easier.
Regular brushing minimizes shedding. Talk with your veterinarian about the proper way to brush and groom your particular breed of pet.
Pet fur and dander can get in your home’s air, and thus into your HVAC filter. When a filter is clogged, it makes your HVAC system work harder. That can cause higher energy bills and potential breakdowns. Check your HVAC air filter about once a month – more frequently if someone in the house has allergies or a respiratory condition such as asthma or COPD. Look into using HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters if can be used with your HVAC system.
The hair and dander that can end up in your HVAC filter can also end up in your vents. The best way to prevent that is to vacuum them regularly and clean them with a damp microfiber cloth. Floors, carpeting, and rugs also attract and trap dander and fur so vacuum them often as well.
Annual HVAC tune-ups by the trained, experienced P. Gagnon & Son service technicians help keep your HVAC system running at its top efficiency. It also lets us see if your pets fur and dander are causing any problems, so we can fix them before they get worse.
If your ductwork collects a lot of fur and dander along with dust, it can become a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Have your ductwork professionally cleaned every three to five years.