Summer in Florida means long, hot days with even more humidity. And just like we struggle to stay cool in these warmer months, our pets do as well. Thankfully, home air conditioning units provide an escape from the heat for both humans and their furry friends! However, what many pet owners do not know is that their pets can negatively impact their air conditioning systems with their hair and dander, which causes the system to work less effectively and eventually increases your utility bill. If you live with pets, there are a few things you can do to keep your air conditioning system, your wallet, and your pets happy this summer.
Use an air filter
Using a filter can benefit you big time if you have pets in your home. Air filters work as the first line of defense against pet hair and dander, which would otherwise circulate around your home and lower the quality of the air. In addition, air filters prevent hair and dander from being pulled into the actual air conditioning system, which can cause damage to the overall system.
Change the air filter regularly
The first step is using an air filter, but the second step is ensuring that you change it regularly. As the filter catches more and more natural particulate, fine mesh on the filter becomes denser making the air filter dirty. The effects of a dirty air filter include (1) inefficiency for the blower fan in the system to work well causing higher bills, (2) dirty ducts that can result in an ongoing drain to the system and a long-term source of air pollutants, and (3) difficulty in letting the cooled or heated air out of the furnace can cause the system to overheat or freeze up. To avoid these troubles, you need to change your air filter every month or two, especially if you are a pet owner.
Have your ductwork cleaned by a professional every five to seven years
Ductwork consists of the system of air ducts that transport air from HVAC units throughout the home. These air ducts are made of metal and attract animal hair and dander. Overtime, ductwork collects all the dust, debris and particles in your home, so it is logical that ductwork gets dirty after a while. Because of this, you should have your ductwork checked and cleaned by a local professional every five to seven years. If you think you might need duct cleaning in your home, but you are not 100% sure, you can talk to a local professional. The air conditioning company that services your heating and cooling system is a good source of advice. You should also ask your local professional about the services they provide and see if they respond with complete and knowledgeable answers.
Bathe and brush your pet regularly
This is perhaps the easiest method to prevent pet hair and dander from reaching your air conditioning unit. By bathing and brushing your pet regularly, their hair will be less likely to fall out and block your air ducts. By simply doing this quick task, you’ll create a win-win situation for both your pet and your air conditioning system by helping them stay clean.
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