Have Pets? Follow These HVAC Tips for a Fresher Home & Fewer Repairs

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Having pets can bring a lot of joy to your life. But your furry friends can also lead to odors—and even reduced HVAC function. As a pet owner, you should follow these tips both to protect your HVAC system and keep your home smelling fresh.

Use a HEPA filter.

Inexpensive, fiberglass air filters might be okay for homeowners who don't have pets, but they're not what you need. A HEPA filter may cost a little more than a standard filter, but it will also do a much better job of trapping pet hair and dander. This will reduce grime accumulation in your ducts, keep pet dander from causing so many allergy symptoms, and keep your home cleaner in general.

Make sure you remember to change your HEPA filter every 1–2 months. If you buy a whole stack of them upfront, you won't have to visit the store as often.

Have your ducts cleaned.

Even with a HEPA filter, some debris will make its way into your ducts. And when the heat or AC kicks on, this debris will get scattered all over your home. You'll have more debris than the average homeowner, thanks to the pet hair.

Having your ducts cleaned every two to three years will help keep your home a lot cleaner. It will also reduce the amount of hair and debris that makes it to your furnace itself, which will extend your furnace's life and reduce the need for repairs. Remember, a dirty furnace has to work harder and is more prone to malfunction than a clean one.

Install a dehumidifier.

The more humid your home, the longer odors—like those from pet feces and skin oils—will linger in the air. It's a good idea to install a whole-home dehumidifier. This device coordinates with your furnace and air conditioner, removing moisture from the air as it is circulated through the system.

If you can't quite afford a whole-home dehumidifier, consider investing in a portable one. You can put this in the room where your pet spends most of his or her time. It will turn on and off as needed, extracting water and depositing it in a bucket that you'll need to empty manually.

If you have further concerns about the compatibility of pets with your HVAC system, speak with an HVAC company like Capital Heating & Cooling in your area. They can even give you advice about air cleaners and high-end filters to keep everything clean and hair-free.

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