Pets supply you with love, companionship, and laughter. However, if you’re not careful, they can also supply your Lawrenceburg, Indiana, home with a few unwanted elements — namely pet dander and fur. These elements can create additional housework, aggravate allergies, and strain your HVAC system. Luckily, by taking a few simple steps you can reduce the extra load your pets can add to your HVAC maintenance system.

Bathe and Groom Your Pets Regularly

One of the best ways to reduce the load your pets add to your HVAC system is to groom and bathe them regularly. Regular baths decrease the dirt and dust your pets carry on their fur, and regular grooming reduces shedding. If your pets shed a lot and you’re not careful with grooming, their fur can cover your filter and even get into your air ducts, reducing your HVAC unit’s effectiveness and straining its components.

Change Your Filter Often

In addition to shedding fur, pets also shed dander—tiny particles of dead skin that become airborne. Air filters trap both dander and fur, but these materials can clog your filter quickly.

Clogged filters reduce airflow. However, even with reduced airflow, your air conditioner will continue running and attempting to cool your home. This leads to higher utility bills and a strained HVAC unit. Avoid this by changing your filter regularly.

Clean Your Air Ducts

Regardless of how often you groom your pets and change your HVAC filter, pet fur and dander is likely to end up in your ductwork over the course of time. Having them professionally cleaned, occasionally, is a good way to rid them of pet hair and dander as well any other contaminants they may contain.

Western Hills Heating and Air Conditioning can help you keep your HVAC system clean and in good working order. Just give us a call at 812-227-3001 or visit our service page, and we’ll be happy to help.

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