Your home’s HVAC system needs regular maintenance to operate efficiently. This is even more important if you own pets. Whether you have a furry or feathered friend, there are certain precautions that need to be taken both inside and outside the home. For example, changing the air filters often, securing the electrical cords and protecting the outdoor unit. Here are five steps you as a pet owner can take now to protect your HVAC system.

1. Change Filters Often

It’s common for air filters within your HVAC system to become overwhelmed with pet hair and dander. When a filter gets clogged, air won’t flow as easily and allergens can build up quickly. If an HVAC air filter is completely clogged with pet hair, it may cause the unit to blow out hot air and will then need to be repaired. Typical households should change the air filter every six months but pet owners should change filters quarterly or even monthly.

2. Clean the Ductwork

Take it a step further and clean the ductwork. If you own pets and haven’t cleaned it before, it’s likely has a large accumulation of dirt, debris and pet hair.

3. Clear the Air Return

The air return sucks in air and then circulates it back into your home. If the air return is dirty and caked with pet hair, any air that it does collect will be contaminated. Keep your home’s air clean by regularly vacuuming the air return.

4. Protect the Outdoor Unit

If your pets have free reign in the area that contains your outdoor AC unit, they are likely to urinate on it. Urine can cause corrosion so it’s best to keep the unit clean by spraying it down with water on a regular basis or enclosing it with fencing.

5. Secure Electrical Wires

Pets like to chew on things like wires and cords. Protect your pet by enclosing any exposed HVAC wires both inside and outside the home.

Pets put an added strain on your HVAC system. Reduce the amount of hair, dander and dirt that invades your home’s vents and ducts by keeping your pet well groomed. The less hair laying around the home means less will be sucked into the intake vents, ducts and filters. A regular HVAC tune-up can also help you spot problems before it’s too late.

Don’t wait and risk damaging your investment, schedule an HVAC tune-up today by calling 316-462-2572.

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