5 HVAC Tips for Homes with Pets

Cats and dogs are beloved by many, and numerous people in the United States share their homes with pets. If you live with a furry or feathered friend, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that your home’s HVAC system is running smoothly, and that your home’s air quality is not compromised.

Control Pet Dander

Pet dander is made up of tiny, oftentimes microscopic, flakes of skin and is found on animals with fur or feathers. Most people who suffer with allergies to cats and dogs are not allergic to the pet’s hair, but instead the pet’s dander. Dander is produced by most pets and can seriously affect your home’s air quality. This can occur as the dander accumulates and is distributed throughout your home by way of your HVAC system.

The most important step in reducing pet dander in the home is prevention. Regular grooming of your pets is essential to their health and well-being, but it can also make a huge difference in the amount of dander they produce. Clean, well hydrated and moisturized skin will create less dander. Bathe your cat or dog regularly using a gentle, moisturizing soap (as recommended by your veterinarian) and brush your pet’s fur regularly. Adding these simple steps to your pet care routine can go a long way in preventing dander.

Change Your Filter

It’s good practice to change your HVAC system’s air filter regularly to ensure better air quality within your home. If you share your space with pets, change it twice as often as recommended.

Upgrade Your Filter

Even better than simply changing your air filter more frequently is to invest in your home’s air quality by upgrading to a HEPA filter. The benefits of switching to a HEPA filter are numerous. HEPA filters are made of densely packed layers of fibers which can capture ultrafine dust and dirt particles. This type of filter is ranked very high for its effectiveness and can remove approximately 99% of particles from your home’s air.

Clean Your Ducts

Having your home’s ducts cleaned can go a long way in dealing with pet dander. Dander, along with other dirt particles, can get trapped within your ductwork, which is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Since your home’s air passes through this ductwork, the trapped dirt, bacteria and mold will get discharged throughout your home each time your HVAC system is turned on. Having your ducts cleaned can eliminate this recirculating dirt and dander.

Seal Your Ducts

If your air ducts have cracks or leaks, this will allow pet dander an easy entryway inside the ductwork, which can majorly affect the quality of the air that passes through your home. After you have your ductwork cleaned, consider also having the ducts sealed to prevent further dirt from accumulating in your home’s ductwork.

We at McMaster can help with all of your indoor air quality needs. Check out our offered services, and give us a call today to learn more on how we can help improve your home’s air quality!

Duct Sealing: Seal Off The Leaks And Keep Out The Cold

Air conditioners are known to use ductwork which is responsible for channeling cool or warm air from your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. So it is basically a question of common sense if the maintenance man mentions that your ductwork is faulty and as a result will not provide the comfort you installed it for. Just like leaks in the plumbing can reduce the water running out of your taps to a trickle, the same applies for heating and cooling systems that have leaks in the ductwork. Duct sealing is meant to seal off the leaks and ensure that all the heat or cool air that is produced is emitted at 100%.
Duct Sealing Benefits
There are several benefits that come with sealing the ducts of your air conditioning system:
1. Save Energy. Duct sealing can greatly reduce your energy bill by at least 30%. Leaky ducts waste a lot of energy and reduce the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. The end result is that you will end up powering your system for longer than usual because you are not really feeling warmer or cooler. However, having leaks sealed increases the efficiency of your system and money is saved since you will not have to keep it running for hours in order to feel the difference.

2. Safeguard Your Family’s Health. Broken ducts are often a suitable breeding ground for vermin like rats and mice because they are warm and comfortable. Dead rats, feces and dust are contaminants you will be breathing in every time your system is switched on. Plus, there are dangerous diseases transmitted by rats like Lassa fever, hemorrhagic fever, the plague (the bubonic plague killed thousands of people in mainland Europe centuries ago) and a host of other fevers that are lethal.

3. Cleaner air

4. Greater comfort since your system will be working efficiently again.
Take Note: In some US states, like Washington for instance, residents are required to test their ductwork during repairs to HVAC systems before repairs are carried out; so be sure to find out about the energy code in your state beforehand, especially if you are in Washington DC