Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Air Conditioning Maintenance for Pet Owners

At J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, we find that one of the often overlooked aspects of pet ownership (or pet parenthood, if you prefer) is the amount of hair and dander that animals can produce. This is a problem with the most common household pets: dogs and cats. Hair and dander can vary dramatically between breeds, but are still major household problems in most cases. It can have a significant impact on a home's indoor air quality and an equally significant impact on its air conditioner. If you are a pet owner, you can help to protect your air conditioning unit and other parts of your HVAC system by following these steps:

Bathe and Groom your Pets Regularly

Bathing and grooming are important for your pets' wellbeing but it is important for your HVAC system as well. It can help to control the amount of hair that the animal sheds and which can end up inside your air conditioner.

Change or Clean your Filters More Frequently

The most common recommendation our team at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling offers for homeowners regarding filter-changing schedules is to do it monthly. If you have a pet that sheds a lot (or multiple hairy pets) you may want to shorten the length of time you go without changing or cleaning your filter. Clogged filters increase energy costs and can cause your system to break down.

Brush your Pets Outdoors

Brushing pets inside will result in the dispersal of filter-clogging hair and dander throughout the rooms in your home. Even if you vacuum some of it up, you will never get all of it. What escapes will eventually make its way into your HVAC system and may cause issues.

Even if you clean your home frequently, you should still have your HVAC system inspected by professionals on a regular basis. Contact us by calling (480) 422-4437 or visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com. We serve the East Valley area (Phoenix, and more specifically Scottsdale) and can help you to keep your HVAC system running smoothly even with pets in your household.