Your pets are a part of your family. You feed them, play with them and in return, you get a lot of love. You might also, unfortunately, get a lot of loose pet hair and dander stuck in the ductworks and filters of our HVAC systems. You love your pets, but their fur can affect the efficiency of your systems and can cost you money in the long run. Not only will it translate to higher energy bills and costly repairs, but it will also add a few more dollars to your AC maintenance. In addition to this, you can also get sick especially if a family member suffers from allergies to dander. It is important that you clean and replace your filters on a regular basis in order to keep these contaminants manageable. Pet hair and dander As your HVAC system brings you either warm or cold air, it will also suck and condition air from your room. That includes the contaminants that are present in it as well. These contaminants will enter your ductwork and will either settle there or will be sent back into the room after it goes through your filters. A clean, well-maintained filter can catch pet hair and dander, but a filter that isn’t maintained often may need to be replaced as it clogs up more quickly. A clogged filter will cause problems to your HVAC unit, making it work harder than it should and raising your utility bill. When contaminants settle in your ductwork, every time you turn on your HVAC unit, they are sent back inside your home for you and your family to breathe. Managing pet contaminants There are some effective methods of making sure that pet contaminants in your home are not settling in your HVAC unit. You want to get your unit inspected regularly, especially your filters and air ducts. Maintenance can include getting your ductwork cleaned, and your filters replaced a little more often as safety assurance. Here are some other things you can do to manage your pet contaminants in your ductwork: Regular baths By regularly grooming and bathing your pets, you remove loose hair and dander before it can be sucked into your systems. Regularly bathing them and grooming them will not only keep them clean. It will also reduce the chances of their hair and dander settling in your ductwork. Purchase an air purifier Getting an air purifier is another great idea to think about. An air purifier can be added onto your HVAC unit, or you can buy a separate unit that will operate independently. Since an air purifier cycles the air in your room over and over again, it will help remove more contaminants such as your pets dander, mold spores, and even cigarette smoke. Clean your home often You can keep your home clean and clear of pet contaminants by vacuuming regularly. You definitely want to help remove these contaminants from softer services such as carpets or furniture. You might want to consider replacing your carpet with laminate, tile or vinyl. Hard floor surfaces are much easier to clean and maintain in comparison to the carpet. You should also wash your bedding often if you are worried about smaller amounts of pet hair and dander circulating your home. If you’re looking for a professional HVAC cleaning service in Texas, Kleen Air Services is your best option. Contact us today and see what we can do for you.