4 Heating And Cooling Tips For Pet Owners
Pets are sometimes adopted as members of the family. These four-legged family members, unfortunately, will trigger a slew of issues for your HVAC system. Check out these four tips if you have pets and want to take better care of your HVAC system.
1. Keep an eye out for pet hair
If you have animals, you should think about the amount of hair in your HVAC system and in the air you breathe. Naturally, some cat and dog breeds shed more than others, so even if you only have one dog or cat, you can check and change your filter on a regular basis. This ensures that the filter is clean enough to perform its function, as well as limiting the amount of pet hair in the air.
You should sweep and vacuum your home on a regular basis, particularly if you have carpeted floors, which can collect a lot of animal hair and dander. Bathe and groom your pet on a daily basis. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, red eyes, itchy skin, and other allergy symptoms can occur when there is too much animal hair and dander in your indoor air.
2. Keep an eye on your outdoor air conditioner
It’s always a good idea to safeguard your outdoor AC unit to minimize the risk of harm, but if you have a dog, keep them away from it. Your dog can pee on the air conditioning unit, and the ammonia and other corrosive chemicals in the urine will damage the refrigerant coil.
If your dog enjoys spending time outdoors, the outdoor air conditioning unit might become a fun chew toy. Many dogs gnaw on the AC wiring or the metal enclosure that covers the air conditioner. This is not only bad for your air conditioner, but it can also be unsafe for your dog.
3. Cover all vents with Diffusers
Ducts and vents transport hot or cold air in forced-air heating and cooling systems. Smaller animals such as cats and ferrets, however, can find these ducts to be a fun adventure. These little critters can get stuck in the vent if the vents are broken, making it easy for the pet to move them or fall through gaps.
Naturally, this is frightening for a pet owner, because even though your pet survives, you have no idea what they did in the ducts. They may have made a hole in the machine, reducing its effectiveness, or they may have defecated or urinated in the ducts, spreading odor and disease. In the worst-case scenario, your beloved pet might become stuck and die in the duct, spreading the disease. In the worst-case scenario, your beloved pet might become stuck and die in the duct, spreading odor and disease.
4. Take into account everyone’s level of comfort
When you have pets, you must also think about their level of comfort. For example, a dog with a thick coat may not need much heat in the winter but may become overheated before you in the summer. Similarly, even if you are wet, a small dog with a short coat can feel relaxed in a warm summer home but freeze in a cold winter home.
Of course, you won’t just change the temperature for your pets, so finding a middle ground is important. If your small dog has a short coat and stays in a crate at night, make sure they have plenty of blankets during the winter. Around the same time, when the pet is alone at home, consider changing the temperature.
You can have pets even though you have a forced-air heating and cooling system. It does, however, imply that you have additional problems, such as pet fur. Contact Earth Temp HVAC today if you want to learn more or if you need HVAC maintenance.