4 HVAC Tips for Pet Owners to Manage Fur and Dander in Your Home

indoor air quality - H & H Heating And Air Conditioning Inc. - EssingtonYou love your pet, but their fur and dander probably get on your nerves from time to time. Maybe you have allergies and too much fur makes you sneeze. Or perhaps you’re just tired of finding fur and dander on your furniture and floors. Either way, there are some HVAC tips and tricks you can use to keep pet hair and dander to a minimum. Take a look.

Replace Your Filters More Often

Homeowners without pets can typically get away with changing their air filter every three months or so. But if you have pets, you’ll want to change your filter more often – probably monthly. To help yourself remember to change the filter, try buying 6 or 12 filters at once. Keep them in hand near your furnace. This way, you won’t have to go to the store each time you need a new filter. You can also set a monthly calendar reminder in your phone. Replacing filters more often can help extend the life of your HVAC system, too.

Upgrade Your Filter

You don’t need the most expensive filter on the market to catch pet hair. However, you probably want something better than the cheapest fiberglass filter you can buy at the hardware store. Upgrading to a pleated cotton filter will help improve indoor air quality by trapping dander more effectively. An electrostatic filter may be even better but does come at a higher cost. A filter’s effectiveness varies based on the specific filter’s MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). Higher MERV ratings indicate better filtration, which is particularly beneficial for capturing pet dander. So do look at that while shopping for filters.

Vacuum Vent Covers

When you vacuum about once a month, make it a point to vacuum off the vent covers. Doing so will help keep dander and pet hair from blowing all over the house when the heat and AC turn on. It will also reduce the amount of pet hair and dander than ends up in your ducts. As an added bonus, keeping your vents and ducts cleaned will help extend the life of your furnace and reduce your risk of needing emergency heating repair services.

Keep Humidity Under Control

If your air is too humid, then any odors related to pet dander will be more obvious. If the air is too dry, then the pet hair is more likely to cling to your clothing and linens.

In the summer, you can usually rely on your AC dehumidify the space, but you may want to have an air conditioning installation contractor install a dehumidifier for even better results. In the winter, the air is often too dry. In this case, you may want to install a humidifier to add moisture to the air. In general, the goal should be to maintain a 30-50% relative humidity inside your home to optimize comfort and air quality.

If you keep on top of regular HVAC maintenance and follow the tips above, you should have fewer issues with pet hair and dander throughout your home. Don’t hesitate to contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning if you’re looking for a reliable HVAC company. We offer premium installations, repairs, and maintenance services throughout the Delaware Valley.

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