While making the decision to add a pet to your family can bring a lot of energy, happiness, and fun to the household, it can also bring about a lot of changes to your existing lifestyle. You will need to groom your animal to minimize shedding and regularly walk your animal, among many other responsibilities. One thing that you may not necessarily think about is the changes that are necessary to ensure your HVAC system remains functioning optimally. Here are a few things that you should do to not only protect but also preserve your HVAC system.
Protect the Outside Condenser
If you allow your dog to go outside to use the restroom, then there is a good chance that they may be drawn to the condenser to do their business. Over an extended period of time, canine urine can result in the condenser coils rusting and breaking down. You may want to consider installing a barrier around the condenser if you notice that your furry friend is repeatedly going to the unit. If you do this, make certain that the fence leaves sufficient room for adequate ventilation.
Focus on Indoor Air Quality
With a pet in the house, there is going to be pet hair circulating in the air. Because of this, you will need to work a little bit harder to ensure that the indoor air quality is maintained. A standalone air purifier can be used to ensure your HVAC system doesn't have to work overtime. You will also want to change out the air filters in your system, as well as the air purifier, frequently to ensure they don't get clogged. Check the filters monthly to see if they need changing, and change them, if needed.
Adjust the Thermostat Accordingly
If you have your thermostat set to a specific schedule, then it is likely that your HVAC system returns to a warmer temperature during the summer and a cooler temperature during the winter when you aren't at home. This is a great idea, as it ensures that you are not wasting energy when you are away from the house. However, with a pet at home now, you may want to consider changing that temperature setting. Animals with short coats (or no coats) may find it difficult to stay warm during the wintertime, and animals with heavy coats could potentially overheat during the summer.
If you would like to learn more about the best HVAC system for your home and what steps you should take to ensure that your system remains in tip-top condition, contact a residential HVAC contractor in your area.