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HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

Grand Rapids Heating & Cooling

Do you own a pet? You may not realize it, but your pet may be having an impact on your home’s HVAC system, potentially running up your energy bill costs or shortening the life span of your HVAC unit. For this reason, it is very important for pet owners to maintain and clean their home’s heating and cooling systems in order to avoid these costly situations. If you do need heating and cooling repairs, we recommend that you call a licensed HVAC technician to resolve the issue.

Dust, Sweep, and Vacuum for Pet Hair

If you’re a pet owner, you know that your beloved pets shed constantly. Trying to reclaim your home from the seemingly endless amounts of fur is a constant battle. (God forbid you lay your black work pants out on the bed in the morning.) Despite this, we love our pets, which is why it’s important to dust, sweep, and vacuum for pet hair on a regular basis.

We recommend you vacuum for pet hair at least once a week. (Maybe more if you have more than one fur baby in the house.) In particular, you’ll want to make sure that all vent openings are clear of pet hair. Vacuuming pet hair will help decrease how much hair ends up in your air conditioner filter.

Change Filters Monthly

Any fur that is not dusted, swept, or vacuumed will end up in your HVAC system’s air filter. To prevent the filter from becoming overly clogged, we recommend that you replace your air conditioner filter monthly. This is a simple thing that you can do without the help of a licensed heating and cooling contractor.

A clogged air filter will cause the air conditioner to work harder to produce the same amount of cool air, decreasing the unit’s energy efficiency. If an HVAC air filter is completely clogged with pet hair, it may cause the unit to blow out hot air and require air conditioner repair.

Keep Wires Enclosed in Conduits

While most people know that bunnies are notorious for chewing up cords, other animals may decide that your home’s exposed HVAC wires look like chew toys. Kittens and puppies look for things to chew and are at a high risk for electric cord bite injury. However, older animals may also be tempted to chew exposed wires. In short, keep anything with teeth away from your heating and cooling wires by making sure all wires are enclosed in protective conduits.

By keeping wires enclosed in conduits you will be protecting both your beloved pet and your beloved air conditioning system.

The licensed HVAC contractors at VP&L Heating and Cooling offer various heating and cooling system repair services that can help pet owners make sure that their HVAC system is working effectively and efficiently.

If you own a pet and feel like your home could benefit from one of our heating and cooling system maintenance services, please contact our Grand Rapids HVAC contractors at (616) 531-4676. We want to help create a friendly environment for both you and your pet!

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