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Heating And Cooling Tips For Pet Owners

by Sheila Vasquez

Dogs and cats provide companionship, and for many pet owners, they are like members of the family. However, one of the downsides to pet ownership is all of the hair and dander that ends up scattered through your home. In addition to regular vacuuming, one of the secrets to dealing with pet hair and dander is to make sure you operate and maintain your heating and cooling system properly. Doing so will not only reduce the amounts of hair and dander throughout your home, but will also extend the life of your furnace, which can suffer damage if too much hair is allowed to build up inside of it.

If several of your family members have four legs and lots of hair, follow these heating and cooling tips to protect your human family members, your home, and your HVAC system:

Choose reusable, electrostatic or high-efficiency furnace filters rather than cheap disposable ones.

Most homeowners use disposable, fiberglass furnace filters because they are widely available and inexpensive. However, these are not a great choice for pet owners because they don't trap many of the finer dander particles. Electrostatic cotton filters, which can be removed and washed in your washing machine, are a better choice.

You can launder them as often as you wish, which allows you to keep them cleaner, and they're electrically charged, which makes them more effective at trapping hair and dander. If you have pet allergies, you're likely to notice an improvement in symptoms within days of switching your filter. Your furnace will also be better protected from debris accumulation.

High-efficiency, pleated furnace filters that remove even the tiniest of mold spores and even some bacteria are also a great choice. However, they can be quite expensive, so reusable cotton filters are a more popular, nearly-as-effective choice.

Have your ducts cleaned annually.

Pet hair and dander can build up in air ducts. Not only does this debris then blow through your home, but it also makes your furnace and air conditioner work harder to force air through the system. Have your ducts professionally cleaned once per year to avoid furnace malfunctions and to keep your home cleaner.

Vacuum out your cold air returns.

Take a peek down into your cold air returns. Is there a lot of pet hair down there? It tends to settle in the cold air returns, simply because they're at a lower level than the floor. Unfortunately, it easily works its way into the air ducts from the cold air returns. Vacuuming out the cold air returns each time you vacuum the floor will help keep this issue at bay.

When you have pets, you need to pay a little more attention to your heating and air conditioning systems. Thankfully, this extra attention is worthwhile – you'll notice less pet hair, and your HVAC system will remain in good repair. To learn more, contact a company like John Legg's Heating & Air Conditioning with any questions you have.