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HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

If you have pets, you need to take some additional precautions in protecting your HVAC system, as well as servicing it. Pets are shedding dander and fur around your home, which can add some additional strain to your HVAC system. But it’s nothing you can’t handle!

When you’re ready to schedule air conditioning repair in Campbell County, WY, you can give our team a call. We can talk to you about any specific concerns you have related to your pets and your HVAC system. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about caring for your HVAC system when you have pets.

Monitor the Air Intake

It is important to change out the air filter located behind the intake grate. But as a pet owner, you may have to go a step further. It’s normal to have to wipe down this intake occasionally since dust can collect on the surface. But with pets, you may have to complete the step more often. Aside from dust, you’re also dealing with pet dander and fur. 

We encourage you to wipe down your grate each month to eliminate any buildup. You may also have to change your air filter more frequently than you would otherwise. Read your air filter to find out how long it is rated to last and then check it a little sooner than that to see if it needs to be changed out early.

Clean the Condensate Drain Line

It’s also increasingly important that you rinse out the condensate drain line. This is a task that should be completed once a month. Dust and dander can make their way into your HVAC system and inevitably reach the condensate drain line, making clogs more likely. Be sure to rinse out the condensate drain line with half a cup of vinegar once a month or so. 

If it helps you remember, set a reminder on your phone or mark the date on a calendar. If a clog develops in the line, water may back up and spill into your home, causing water damage to the surrounding areas. Vinegar helps to maintain a clear line so clogs don’t have a chance to form.

Protect Your Unit

If you have pets that just won’t leave your HVAC system alone, you may need to take some extra steps to protect it. Luckily, many indoor units are housed inside of a closet, garage, or area where pets rarely go. You may also have to create a barrier around your outdoor unit. Usually, a small fence or enclosure will do the trick. However, we encourage you to leave at least three feet of space on every side of both the inside and outside units to maintain optimal airflow. 

If your pets don’t seem to be bothering your unit, that’s great. You still want to keep an eye on them when they are outside, especially if they are near the HVAC unit. It’s a safety risk for your pets and they can also easily damage the system.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

Even if you don’t think anything is wrong, we encourage you to schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC unit. Maintenance is an opportunity for our team to do some extra cleaning and make sure that your unit is in the best condition that can be. We can address small problems before they become big problems and make tweaks here and there to boost efficiency.

Schedule an appointment with the team at Climate Solutions, Inc. The trusted source for all your heating and cooling needs.

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