HVAC Care for Pet Owners

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Research shows that owning a dog or cat is good for your mental health and well-being. These furry creatures offer stress relief and unconditional love. However, their fur and dander can cause some trouble for your Allentown, PA, heating and cooling system. Follow these three maintenance tips for a healthy and comfortable home with your four-legged friends.

1. Frequently Change the Air Filter

Pets shed a lot, and all the hair and dander will quickly clog the pores of your HVAC filter. Be sure to check the filter each month. Pick one date, such as the first day of the month, and stick with a regular schedule of checking it. Replace filters as soon as they appear dirty. Don’t go more than three months between filter replacements.

2. Clean Vents and Ducts

Pet dander is sticky. If you brush your dog or cat in the house, bits of it will fly through the air. Some will stick to the vents and ducts. If possible, groom your pet outdoors. If you can’t, vacuum as soon as you brush your pet. Clean vent covers and vacuum the duct openings every week.

3. Fence the Outdoor Unit

Pets that go outside to eliminate waste could damage the outdoor unit of your heating and cooling system. If they choose the proximity of the outdoor unit as their toileting area, the concentrated ammonia and other acids in their urine and feces could lead to rust and corrosion. Put a fence around the outdoor unit, taking care to give the unit three feet of clearance.

At Burkholder's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., our NATE-certified technicians offer helpful heating and cooling maintenance specially designed for pet owners in Allentown and the surrounding areas. We’re also prepared to provide local homeowners with dependable heating and air conditioning repairs, replacement, and installations. You can also turn to us for duct performance tests, duct cleaning, repairs, and inspections. Our indoor air quality and zoning services make us the right choice for year-round comfort. Contact us at Burkholder's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today for more details or to schedule any of our services in Allentown.