Who doesn’t love their furry friend? Fido and Fluffy may be sweet additions to your household, but did you know that they may also be damaging your HVAC system? No, we don’t mean that you need to worry that your pup likes to claw at the sides of the unit — though you should definitely prevent that! It’s not as easily noticeable, but your pet’s fur and dander can have a surprising impact on your HVAC system. Here’s what you need to know: 

Pets Are Messy

Anyone who has a fluffy friend at home knows just how much mess they can make. The problem with this is that pet hair, dander, and the dirt they track in from outside can all add up. Over time, this can clog the air filter and ductwork, making your heater and air conditioner work a lot harder to keep your home warm or cool. If you want to keep your HVAC system running optimally, add these easy maintenance steps into your routine: 

Change the Filter Regularly

When the filter gets clogged, your system has to work harder to have the same effects. One of the easiest things you can do to keep your air conditioner and heater running well is to change the air filter often. You’ll get a feel for frequency when you see how quickly gunk builds up, but it’s a good idea to change it every month or two if you have pets. 

Have the Ducts Cleaned

Just like pet hair and grime can build up on the filter, it will also fall into vents and build up along the ductwork. When you have an HVAC contractor come for your semi-annual HVAC maintenance, ask them to take a peek at the ducts. They’ll let you know when it’s time to schedule a duct cleaning, but you can plan on doing so every year or two, depending on how diligently you replace filters and clean your home. 

Clean Pet Hair Often

Okay, so cleaning up your pet’s hair is important simply to keep your home neat and tidy. But it’s also important to keep your HVAC system working well. Vacuum carpets and sweep tile or hardwoods every day or two so the pet hair doesn’t have a chance to build up and drift down the vents. 

Groom Your Pets

You don’t necessarily need to take your pets to the groomer every other week — unless you want to, of course. But you should take the time to brush your pets and bathe them as appropriate to keep shedding to a minimum. This will help your family breathe easier and keep your ductwork clean longer. 

Guard Against Urination

No one likes when their pet goes wherever they please. If your pup likes to take a leak on the outdoor compressor unit, this could damage your air conditioner. Fence it off, train that behavior away, and otherwise keep your dog from urinating on your HVAC system. 

If you have further questions about protecting your system and keeping it running smoothly, trust your local pros. Connect with the HVAC contractors at Davis Heating & Cooling for experienced air conditioner repair, maintenance, and more in Flemington.