The Relationship Between Pet Owners and Air Conditioners
We all love our delightful furry friends we call pets. However, most don’t realize how much care and precaution are needed to ensure that both you and your pets live comfortably within your living space. That is why the experts at Air Dreamy have put this article together to inform you of the complex relationship between pet owners and air conditioners.
As a pet owner, have you ever considered your air conditioner? Probably not. Those two typically do not go together. But we feel it is critical to consider the upkeep and maintenance of your HVAC system when you have pets in the home.
Keep reading to learn more about pet owners and air conditioners.
Pet Owners and Air Conditioners in Florida
Pet owners taking the extra steps to confirm their air conditioners are running at peak performance is crucial, especially when discussing the smoldering Florida heat. Like humans, temperature has a notable effect on animals. Here in Florida, it can be extremely hot and humid nearly all year-round; you and your pets need to be comfortable.
Because we live in Florida, your pets will more than definitely need air-conditioning throughout most of the year. The sweltering temperatures and the humidity are more than enough to be concerned. Then there is the possibility of dehydration in summer and hypothermia within the year’s colder months.
It’s essential to understand not only how your air conditioners will affect your pets but how your pets will affect your unit in return. That said, Air Dreamy is here to guarantee you understand the relationship between your air conditioning units and pets!
HVAC Maintenance for Pet Owners
Ultimately, the goal is to give you the best tips and guidance possible to allow your HVAC system to uphold its lifespan and efficiency while making your pets happy and comfortable. That starts with acknowledging that for you to get the most out of your unit while also having pets, you must be diligent when it comes to maintenance for your system and your house.
Consider the Filters
While all the pet hair lying around may inherently seem harmless, not only is it messy, but it can do some real damage to your HVAC filters. And it’s more common than you may think. Dander build-up and pet hair clogging the filter are two of many things that can severely impair your unit’s ability to keep your living space cool and the unit’s efficiency. Taking the proper precautionary steps if you have pets can save you a lot of headaches and money down the line.
Here are a few of our tips for proper care for pet owners and air conditioners:
- Regularly grooming your pets
- Routine changing of your HVAC filter
- Keeping your air vents/ducts clean
- Fencing off your outdoor unit
- Frequent cleaning of your house
Regularly grooming your pets:
Grooming your pets effectively ensures there isn’t as much hair around your household. It’ll not only prevent hair from being scattered around in bunches all around your home, but it’ll also keep your pet’s dander in check. You don’t run as high of a risk when it comes to loose pet hair clogging your AC’s filter.
And generally, the less hair or dander you have clogging your system, the better your HVAC system will run, and the better your indoor air quality will be. You guarantee a significantly lower chance of anything airborne causing you or your furry friends to get sick.
Routine Changing of Your HVAC Filter:
Routine changing of your HVAC Filter is a necessary essential step in terms of your AC’s performance and overall maintenance of your unit. It would be best if you were changing your filter at least 4-5 times a year, and possibly more frequently than that, depending on the number of pets you have living in your household.
If you have pets at home that do shed, it would be a great idea to check your filter before the date it’s due to be replaced. There’s a high probability that your filter will be considerably entangled with pet hair, as well as skin dander. This build-up will heavily affect the performance of your unit because when clogged, the system has to work harder to maintain the temperature and the airflow.
If you find your filter is prematurely stopping well before its due date to be replaced, you can consider swapping to a reusable filter that you can efficiently wash with water. Moreover, HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters can help you increase the air quality inside your home.
Keeping your air vents/ducts clean
Keeping your vents clean is a good rule of thumb to have is to clean your vents as often as you clean your AC filter. Cleaning your ducts will help keep your pets at the desired temperature and improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
The air return vents will constantly suck up air from the inside of your home, circulating back to your HVAC system. If it’s dirty or clogged, the unit’s efficiency will be reduced, and your indoor air quality will decrease.
Fencing off your outdoor unit
Fencing off your outdoor unit is a significant step for pet owners regarding HVAC maintenance. Not only can the cables to the system be clawed or chewed through, but the last thing you want is your pet urinating on your unit; it will corrode the fins and coil.
Not only will fencing off your outdoor unit protect your system from any possible damage or corrosion, but it will also make it safer for your pets due to any exposed wires or cables being unreachable.
Frequent cleaning of your house
Keeping your home clean is also very important for obvious reasons. The less pet hair and dander around the household equals less of the latter reaching your unit’s filter and interrupting its effectiveness in keeping your place cool.
If you have carpet in your home, it more than likely has some form of pet hair build-up. That debris will eventually get kicked up and into the air at some point or another, causing a deficiency in your system. Frequent vacuuming and dusting remove a lot of this pesky debris before it has a chance to get into your system and cause real damage to it.
Consider Your Pets’ Comfort
Many factors come into play when talking about what temperature to leave your thermostat on before leaving the house.
- The age of your pet
- The type of coat they have
- Any health conditions
- And even weight
…to name a few. Maintaining an ideal temperature for your pets can be challenging even when just considering these few different factors.
Furthermore, air conditioning costs have a significant impact on your energy bill. It is more than necessary to always keep the temperature of your area and your house in mind when leaving the house with your beloved pets at home.
Though there is no ‘meta’ temperature to keep your home at when living with pets in the household. That said, running your AC somewhere between 77-80 degrees will ensure your pets stay comfortable while keeping your energy costs lower.
Smart thermostats are a good alternative as well, allowing you to control the temperature of your home from anywhere on the fly.
Air Dreamy is Here for Pet Owners and Air Conditioners, too.
Whether you need tips for maintaining your HVAC system or an inspection of your unit, give Air Dreamy a call today. We provide AC repair, maintenance, inspections, replacement, and indoor air quality checks as well. Let us know how we can best assist you!