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Your furry friends are a part of your life and home, but as much you love them, they can create problems with your air conditioning system. Naturally, pet hair gets into the air, and there won’t be any amount of vacuuming that can completely eradicate it. Regular maintenance of your HVAC is necessary to keep your air quality in continuous good condition, even when your best pall is a shedder! 

HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

Regularly Brush Your Pet

Regularly brushing your pets helps keep your home air system clean. When your pets are left unbrushed, their shed fur can enter the air system and block your AC’s filter. You might also consider brushing your pet’s fur outside so the loose fur can fly away with the wind rather than accumulating in your home.

Filters Must Be Changed More Frequently

In homes with a source to clog a filter, such as fur and dander, it is advisable to change your filters more frequently than in homes not prone to filter blockage. Your filters will get clogged easily, so they must get cleaned or replaced more often. If the recommended period for your AC model filter change is three months, get it changed at the two or two-and-a-half-month mark. Letting the fur build-up can cause damage to your AC in the long run. So, regular changing of filters is essential for prolonging the life of your HVAC and keeping your air system clean.

Increase Your Filter’s Quality

The quality of your air filter in your HVAC is fundamental to the efficiency of your air system. Air filters are measured using Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value ratings or MERV ratings. These ratings measure the efficiency of a filter – the lower the MERV rating, the lesser the filtering capacity. A higher MERV rating signifies the clean-room level of filtration. Most modern homes have an HVAC system using filters within the range of 5 to 8 MERV ratings. 

If you have a pet at home, consider installing filters with a MERV rating of 10 to 12 for multiple reasons. A higher rating ensures maximum fur particles are filtered out from the air. Pet dander is also a common allergen, so a high rating filter will ensure clean air with no allergens. 

Annual HVAC Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your HVAC is a must if you have pets in your home. Clearly, any home with pets is expected to have pet hair everywhere. This ends up affecting your HVAC system. Maintenance usually includes a visit from a professional for inspection and then determining which minor issues need fixing. You should register for a tune-up twice a year or more. It’s also wise to let a technician know that you have pets so they can inspect if fur is blocking the HVAC system. 

Asking a professional will help you maintain your HVAC and system regularly. They will check the indoor and outdoor indoor units to protect it. Call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you have the best air quality in your home.

A home with pets is filled with loads of love and laughter. But it is also filled with a lot of pet fur, which isn’t good for your HVAC. Keep the tips we’ve given in mind to protect your HVAC system from your furry companions.