Pets are not just your best friends but also the greatest stress buster. Today, when COVID has made people cautious and wry of each other, your pets come to the rescue. They love you unconditionally, and passing the time with them is no ordeal. Yes, pets require care and add to your cleaning bills and other expenses, yet, that is a small price to pay.
In our line of business, we have realized one bare fact, the need for air conditioner maintenance in homes where there are pets is far greater than in regular homes. Therefore, today, for all our pet-friendly clients and readers, we decided to dedicate an entire article on the topic of maintaining your air conditioner when you have pets.
The Need For More Air Conditioner Maintenance In Households With Pets
Cats and dogs are the usual choices of pets in most homes. Some people even keep birds and other exotic animals. No matter your choice of pet, it is essential to remember – animals tend to shed a lot. Their hair and dead skin cells are so light they float in the air. Similarly, many tiny germs reside in their coat or hair. These, too, become a part of your breathing environment. Your HVACs ventilation system works very hard to minimize the effect of these allergens by stopping their spread. As a result, the AC demands a greater need for cleaning.
Tips On Air Conditioner Maintenance With Pets
The cleaner and better groomed your pets, the less is the need for air conditioner maintenance. Still, you need to give special attention to the HVAC system as it takes care of your health and comfort. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Clean The Vents, Grilles, And Registers – Every source from which the air passes to and from your AC, should be cleaned regularly. Often when we clean the house, we only pay attention to those surfaces that are clearly visible. As a result, things like vents and registers easily get overlooked. You can begin by dusting and wiping the exterior. After that, use your regular vacuum cleaner and suck out the dust and impurities.
Air that blows through the house contains dust, grime, pet hair, and dander, along with several other contaminants. These pollutants coat the surfaces of the vents, grilles, and registers. The passing air picks them up and recirculates them throughout the house, bringing them back into the air you breathe. Hence, you must clean these surfaces more often than the rest.
2. Replace The Air Filters Regularly – Air filters are an essential component directly involved in cleansing the indoor air. Truth be told, these are the first line of defense. Its working is quite simple – dirty dust and dander-laden air pass through the fine mesh, which is the air filter. This mesh traps the contaminants suspended in the air. The air that moves beyond the barrier (air filter) is much cleaner than before. In the process, the air filter gets progressively dirty. If it is not replaced with a clean one in time, it becomes clogged. Once that happens, the AC has to work hard to pull in air. This causes it to overheat.
Dirty air filters result in undue strain, which is unsuitable for machinery, leading to more wear and tear. The most straightforward solution is to replace the air filter every month. It ensures that the clogging situation does not arise at all.
3. Groom Your Pets Regularly – Grooming the pets does not involve just bathing them. It also includes cutting their hair, if necessary, and regularly brushing them. When they shed, you will have to brush them more often to get rid of shedding hair and dead skin cells. In all this, the important thing to keep in mind is to carry out this activity outdoors away from the condenser unit. Well-groomed pets are clean and shed very little and consequently make for a cleaner environment inside the house.
If you think you are too busy and cannot handle the grooming part of your pet’s maintenance, you can always take them to a groomer. The more care you give to your pet, the less your AC will demand from you because now you are sharing the responsibility of maintaining good indoor air quality.
4. Professional Cleaning Of The Ductwork Every Few Years – Since you have pets, it’s all the more necessary that you get your home’s ductwork cleaned professionally every few years. Deep inside the ducts, accumulations develop. These accumulations consist of the usual dust, dirt, and dander. The problem with these deposits is that sooner or later, particles from them are picked by the air and dispersed through the house. It deteriorates the indoor air quality and makes the residents more susceptible to allergies.
The other problem with accumulations is that it restricts the airflow, which, as we spoke earlier, puts pressure on the system. A good practice is to ensure professional duct cleaning once every three to five years. We stress upon professional cleaning of ducts because the standard household cleaning equipment is not long and powerful enough to reach inside the ducts. As a result, at best, you can only achieve superficial cleaning with it. Professionals have powerful industrial-grade equipment with long hoses, which can reach into the very depths and do a much better job.
Pet hair and its dead skin cells are a part of your living environment. They, however, are contaminants that render the indoor air quality poor. In addition, these find their way within the AC and hamper its working. In turn, the air conditioner’s performance drops. The only way to ensure that your AC remains healthy, you need to provide more care and maintenance to it. Thankfully it will take care of the indoor air quality.
If you live in West Palm Beach and wish to schedule the maintenance of your HVAC, contact the specialists at Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a team of experienced and certified technicians who handle both residential and commercial heating and cooling equipment. Our services include HVAC installations, repairs, maintenance, duct cleaning, and air quality solutions. To book an appointment, simply call us at +1-888-729-8452. We shall be glad to help you out.