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Fundamental HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

Is your pet your best friend, or favorite family member? Pets are great! There are many benefits of having a lovable critter in your home. They can provide companionship, entertainment, safety, and much more.

However, certain pets can interfere with your HVAC system. There are plenty of precautions you can take, though. Worcester HVAC in Montgomery County is here to help with some helpful tips to keep your pets safe while keeping your HVAC system running efficiently.

Keep Your Pets Clean and Groomed

One of the biggest ways pets can interfere with your HVAC system is shedding. Pet dander and fur get into your air ducts and can block the airflow once enough gets in. The best way to avoid this problem is to decrease the amount of fur and pet dander in your home.

To accomplish this, you can help ensure that your pet is properly groomed and cleaned. Give your pet a bath when they need one and be sure to brush them regularly. It is also a good idea to keep up with dusting and vacuuming. The less fur and pet dander floating around your home, the less there will be in your air ducts.

Change Your Filter More Often

Even if you clean and groom your pet often, the fur and dander will still likely get into your system. Therefore, it is also important to change your filter regularly, if not more often. The standard 1” filter should be changed every month. High-efficiency filters may last longer, but it is still a good idea to check them regularly.

It is also important to have the right type of filter. Filters use MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) to rate how well filters perform. Each filter is rated 1-20; the higher the number, the more effective the filter is. Filters with a low MERV rating only stop larger debris such as carpet fibers, dust mites, and pollen. On the other hand, a filter with a MERV rating of 20 can stop viruses and extremely small particles.

However, filters with a MERV rating of 20 are typically only used in cleanrooms or hospitals. This type of filter can take a toll on a household HVAC system. Contact Worcester HVAC to learn which filter is right for your Worcester home.

Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned More Often

Not only does your filter need to be changed more often, but your air ducts should be cleaned more often as well. Typically, air ducts should be cleaned about every ten years. However, if you have pets that shed, you should have them cleaned a few years more often.

As mentioned before, debris collects in your air ducts over time and blocks airflow. Pet fur and pet dander accelerate this process. It is important to hire a professional HVAC contractor like Worcester HVAC to clean out your air ducts. Professional HVAC contractors have specialized tools designed to collect more of the debris in your ducts.

Pay Attention to Your Outdoor Unit

If you have a pet, or another pet that goes outside, you will also want to pay attention to your outdoor unit. A dog may want to “mark their territory” and damage your unit. If your outdoor unit is in a place where your pet is allowed to roam, it is a good idea to build a barrier. This way your pet is free to roam, but your HVAC system is still protected.

Consider an Air Purifier

Air purifiers can help ease the burden on your air filter. They help remove contaminants from the air in your Worcester home. They can also help reduce the number of allergens that aggravate the symptoms of allergy sufferers in your home.

Call Worcester HVAC for Maintenance

Finally, you will want to contact Worcester HVAC at least twice per year for biannual maintenance. When you do, a trained professional will inspect and clean your system to make sure it is running efficiently and ensure that there are no problems. They can also give you more HVAC advice for your home. You can schedule maintenance by using the contact page on our website: https://worcesterheatandair.com/contact-us/. You can also call 610-287-HEAT.

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