Maintaining Indoor Air Quality When You Have Pets

We love our pets! They are the shining beacons in our lives. Studies have shown that homes with at least one furry friend are more likely to lead happier lives than those without! One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the more pets you have in your home, the closer attention you need to pay to your HVAC equipment. Particularly your air ducts.

You’d be surprised what you can find in your air ducts. Dirt, dust, spiderwebs… For the morbidly curious, here is a visual example.

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Yuck.

When you have a dog, cat, or other furry friend in the house, you add fur and dander into this mix. Not to worry, though! For we have created a list of things you can do to help maintain the air quality in your home.

Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned - You’d be surprised how many people we speak to who have never had their air ducts cleaned. In older homes especially, it’s possible that the ducts haven’t even been touched since the day they were built!

Think about how often you have to vacuum your carpets and furniture. Now imagine how much of that fur and dander has found its way into your ducts! We recommend getting your air ducts cleaned every three to five years. Click here to get a quote and schedule an air duct cleaning.

Regular Grooming - One of the best ways to cut down (hah) on shedding is to keep up with your pet’s grooming schedule. Though actual grooming appointments will vary by breed, brushing your pup at home every few days will help keep the mats out of his fur and his fur out of your ducts. Plus the two of you can take that time to bond, and honestly, who doesn’t want that?

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Change Your Air Filter - Ordinarily, we recommend changing your furnace filter every three months, but when you have a dog, cat, or other furry friend in your home, you should be checking it more often. Take a look at this nifty little guide on the right to help you determine how often you should be changing your filter.

If you’re unsure how to change the filter, check out our post and video explaining all about it!

Following these tips will help ensure that the air in your home stays clean so your family and pets can continue to stay healthy and happy!