Puppies and kittens are undeniably adorable even when their mischief lands them in a bind. Unfortunately, their innocent play can end in disaster if you don’t help protect them from unknown dangers. A prime example is exposed HVAC wires which may pose too much of a temptation for grown pets as well. As part of your home HVAC maintenance, make sure all wires are tucked away in conduits and out of your pet’s reach.
The Furry Filter
As a homeowner, you are aware it is important to clean or change the HVAC filter on a regular basis. As a pet owner, however, you may need to take a few more preventative maintenance steps or their fur will clog the filter and strain the system. The good news is all you need to do as part of your HVAC system maintenance by checking and replacing the system filter more often when pets are in the shedding season. Regularly bathing and grooming your pets to decrease the amount of fur going into the ventilation system can also help reduce the amount of pet hair your filter has to deal with. A restricted filter will make your system work harder and can cause system freeze up which could require hours to thaw. Which is hours of uncomfortable temperatures to contend with.
The Pet Door Draft
Perhaps one of your wisest investment was a pet door that provides your cat or dog access to the backyard whether you’re home or not. Unfortunately, your energy bill isn’t thanking you and neither is your HVAC unit. Of course, a part of HVAC system maintenance is finding and repairing drafts to prevent straining your system. This includes ensuring the pet door is properly caulked to prevent heat and cold from escaping your home.
Pet Guarding Your Condenser
At the top of the list of important AC maintenance tips for pet owners is to protect your system’s condenser. In most cases, the condenser is located at the back or side of your house and well within your pet’s reach. Unfortunately, they are just as likely to mark the unit which can cause some serious damage to your condenser. Rather than deal with the repair bills, fence the area off to ensure your pets simply can’t reach the unit.
Programmable Pet Temperatures
One of the best HVAC maintenance tips for pet owners is to invest in a programmable thermostat. This enables you to lower the temperature in the winter and raise the temperature in the summer while you are at work or away from the house. Don’t worry about your pets because nature has taken care of them. They are fortunate enough to come with natural fur coats and air conditioners.
Nix the Fan
A fan is a beautiful way to help circulate air on those hot summer days while aiding with your home HVAC maintenance. That said, don’t leave the fan on while you’re away. Turn it off, raise the temperature a bit and head off to work without any worries. After all, your pet doesn’t benefit from the fan but your energy company does.
As a pet owner, you want to do all you can to take care of your furry friend. You can do so by ensuring your HVAC unit isn’t a danger to your pet. Take the time to tuck wires away and fence off your condenser unit. Simple steps such as these will keep your pet and your HVAC system safe, happy and healthy for many years to come.