We’ve already got to deal with the fast-arriving summer season on the horizon here in Tampa. That will prompt us to make some changes to our home’s air system already, but if you’ve got pets as well, then you’re well aware of how fickle it can all be. Figuring out how to keep your HVAC unit running smoothly in conjunction with healthy indoor air can be tough with your furry friend around.
Have no fear! With our handy HVAC tips for pet owners, the experts at Acree Plumbing & Air will help you and your family ensure that you’re breathing refreshing, clean air all year long.
Clean Your Carpets
Pets spend a lot of time walking around on carpet – speaking in terms of cats and dogs, mostly – and more often than not, they shed. When their hair gets stuck in the carpet, it invites allergens and other harmful contaminants to take root and start spreading.
Eventually these allergens circulate into the air and spread even more, which can directly lead to harmful health effects for you and your family. Nausea, dizziness, sneezing and other symptoms pop up when allergens get too widespread. Make sure to clean your carpets frequently to ensure this doesn’t become a problem!
Stay Diligent About Changing Your Air Filter
As a homeowner, you’re almost certainly changing your air filter fairly often anyway. But with a pet in the mix, the air can get dirtier and you might experience a drop in quality quicker. Because you’re more at risk for unhealthier air, it’s even more imperative that you change the air filter on schedule.
Just double-check the label to see you’re getting the right-sized filter. And depending on how the indoor air situation might change with a new pet, it might be worth a look to see if you could use a finer filter to screen out more pollutants.
Make Sure Floor Vents Are Clean
Pets, especially ones with fur, get hot. Quickly. To cool themselves down, they like to plop down on floor vents where they can feel the blast of cool air right on their bellies. It’s good for them, but some of that fur gets loose and lodges in the vents.
Don’t let it get too clogged, because then your HVAC system will start to suffer a drop in efficiency as the cycle compensates for blocked vents. Clean them out frequently to keep an obstruction-free air circulation at home.
Schedule Routine Maintenance
There’s nothing like having a professional inspect your HVAC system. When you’ve got a pet, the unit can get thrown out of whack quicker than it normally would, which is why it’s important to have an expert take a look twice a year or so.
You’ll have peace of mind knowing your unit is performing just fine, and your technician can explain the best practices for keeping your air flowing normally when your furry friend is present. Acree Plumbing & Air has plenty of experience managing cooling situations in homes with pets, and we’d be glad to give you a hand.
Give us a call at (813) 524-6313 for the most reliable HVAC service for pet owners in Tampa!