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5 HVAC Tips for Homes with Pets

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Cats and dogs are beloved by many, and numerous people in the United States share their homes with pets. If you live with a furry or feathered friend, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that your home’s HVAC system is running smoothly and that your home’s air quality is not compromised.

Control Pet Dander

Pet dander is made up of tiny, oftentimes microscopic, flakes of skin and is found on animals with fur or feathers. Most people who suffer from allergies to cats and dogs are not allergic to the pet’s hair, but instead the pet’s dander. Dander is produced by most pets and can seriously affect your home’s air quality. This can occur as the dander accumulates and is distributed throughout your home by way of your HVAC system.

The most important step in reducing pet dander in the home is prevention. Regular grooming of your pets is essential to their health and well-being, but it can also make a huge difference in the amount of dander they produce. Clean, well hydrated and moisturized skin will create less dander. Bathe your cat or dog regularly using a gentle, moisturizing soap (as recommended by your veterinarian) and brush your pet’s fur regularly. Adding these simple steps to your pet care routine can go a long way in preventing dander.

Change Your Filter

It’s good practice to change your HVAC system’s air filter regularly to ensure better air quality within your home. If you share your space with pets, change it twice as often as recommended.

Upgrade Your Filter

Even better than simply changing your air filter more frequently is to invest in your home’s air quality by upgrading to a HEPA filter. The benefits of switching to a HEPA filter are numerous. HEPA filters are made of densely packed layers of fibers which can capture ultrafine dust and dirt particles. This type of filter is ranked very high for its effectiveness and can remove approximately 99% of particles from your home’s air.

Clean Your Ducts

Having your home’s ducts cleaned can go a long way in dealing with pet dander. Dander, along with other dirt particles, can get trapped within your ductwork, which is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Since your home’s air passes through this ductwork, the trapped dirt, bacteria and mold will get discharged throughout your home each time your HVAC system is turned on. Having your ducts cleaned can eliminate this recirculating dirt and dander.

Seal Your Ducts

If your air ducts have cracks or leaks, this will allow pet dander an easy entryway inside the ductwork, which can majorly affect the quality of the air that passes through your home. After you have your ductwork cleaned, consider also having the ducts sealed to prevent further dirt from accumulating in your home’s ductwork.

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Think Outside The House

While it’s true that there are plenty of things you can do within the walls of your home to save energy, many homeowners aren’t aware that the great outdoors can be a huge drain on your monthly energy bills. Ok, so maybe you’re thinking that if it’s an outdoor space then it’s not affecting your indoor comfort or energy bills. But that’s a myth that will cost you. To get your energy spending under control, consider these tips:

  • Sunscreen isn’t just for your skin. Outdoor spaces such as porches and patios often allow the sun to overheat your home. In fact, planting trees and shrubs on the sunny side of your house – especially ones that provide a screen for your heating and cooling unit – can help cut your energy costs by as much as 10%.
  • Seek shade – for your windows and doors that is. Installing outdoor awnings to block sunlight helps keep your home cooler during the summer months, and helps save your energy dollars – which is even more cool.
  • Saving start at the top. If you’re thinking of replacing your roof, reflective materials may be the way to go. When the sun’s heat bounces off the roof, the amount of heat entering is reduced. Even better? Many of these types of roofs are eligible for the $1,500 tax credits that end this year.
  • Install motion sensors on outdoor light fixtures. You won’t have to remember to turn them off and they will still discourage unwanted ‘guests’ during the night.

Bottom Line: Saving energy doesn’t stop inside the four walls of your home. It extends to include everything around your home as well. Being aware of outdoor energy wasters – and savers – can keep your cold, hard cash in your wallet where it belongs.