Nearly any pet that you adopt will shed dander and hair throughout your home. Even if you regularly dust and vacuum, a lot of that shedding will still end up in your air filter. Check the recommendations of your specific kind of air filter to see how often you should check and replace it. You may want to increase the frequency of checks and replacements, though, if you have a pet. The higher amount of loose materials floating around your home and getting stirred up from the carpet, the more quickly the filter will become full and need replacement. You may also want to consider an air filter that is hypoallergenic to help reduce the presence of dander allergens in the air.
Does your cat love curling up next to the vent to soak in all the warmth from the heater? It may be cute and Instagram-worthy, but it could also be affecting your HVAC's efficiency. When rooms or vents are blocked off, your HVAC system has to work harder to compensate and bring the whole home to the set temperature. Keep an eye on your vents to ensure your pet isn't regularly covering them with toys, lying on them, or dropping sticks and debris from outside down the ducts.
When people don't have pets at home, they can program their thermostats to lower temperatures in the winter and higher ones in the summer to conserve energy. However, if you have a pet that stays at home while you're away at work, you may not want to drop the temperature as low. This means your HVAC system will run more constantly throughout the day and expend more energy. While you may not want to allow the temperature to fluctuate too drastically, you can still allow a little bit of flex to help save energy by implementing a programmable thermostat. Ask your favorite Royal Heating & Air technician how to get started installing one in your home!
If your pet can access the HVAC unit, they may be marking their territory and urinating on the unit without you even realizing it. If this is the case, the urine could be causing serious damage to the unit and shortening the life of your HVAC system. Consider putting a fence around the unit to keep your pet away from it.
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Having a pet in your family's life can be a huge bonus! Who can resist puppy eyes? But when it starts to slow down your HVAC system, you may need a little help from a local HVAC company that has your back. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we are here for you. Give us a call today to schedule your regular maintenance check-up!
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