It's safe to say the favorite appliance is always the air conditioner in the hot Summer season. On those painfully hot days, we often wonder what we would do without our AC because we are so used to our comfort settings today. However, so are your pets. Your pets live in the same air-conditioned climate that you do throughout the season, and may spend even more time indoors than normal. Because of this, there are important considerations to keep in mind as you maintain both your HVAC equipment and the needs of your furry family members.
Below, we have listed a few steps you can take to ensure your system and pets won’t have any problems co-existing together.
- Beware of Lose Wires!
Curious pets are often tempted to explore the wiring hanging from your unit or dig at the ground near it. Keep in mind that one wrong chew could ruin the wiring or even worse harm your pet. Not to mention fixing wiring could potentially cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. To prevent this danger from happening, make sure there is a barrier between your pet and the unit.
Consider the following solutions:
Buy a roll of clear vinyl tubing- you can make a slit down one side of the tubing and slip it over any vulnerable cables.
Buy spiral wrap- use this to cover your cords (in fact you can even wrap several cords together with this kind of wrap).
Wrap any frayed cords in electrical tape- make sure you wrap the frayed area first, then continue to wrap outward along the cord to prevent further damage.
Protect cords with a cable bridge (shown below)- use this when you have chords and wires that run through primary walking areas in your home.
(Buy this Cable Bridge at Home Depot)
Trying any of these suggestions will help you save you money and your pet's life.
- Keep Your Filters Both Clean and Efficient
AC filters are necessary because both outdoor and indoor air contain particles like dust, skin cells, and more. Most dogs and cats shed, some more than others. It doesn’t take much fur and hair to affect your HVAC system’s air quality, aside from the existing dust already making its way into your filter.
These blockages can interrupt your unit’s performance and even cause damage long-term. In order to prevent damage, you should:- Change out the filters for best performance
- Regularly clean around vents to prevent hair buildup and change your air filters
Following these steps will help make sure your pet's fur doesn’t prevent air from flowing freely!
- Protect Your System from Unwanted “Showers”
Animals love to leave their mark. Unfortunately, that means your HVAC system might be a primary target. Urine build up can eat away at grates and corrode aluminum fins, damaging those and even other parts of your HVAC system. Consider constructing a fence or barrier around the unit to deter your pet from making it his own personal toilet.
Condensers are costly to repair, so put up a barrier to keep your pet's and urine away from the unit!
By keeping these tips in mind, you can save money and time by avoiding the hassle of replacing anything that your loving pet did. Don’t forget about regular professional maintenance for your HVAC system. Proper maintenance will add life to your system and save a lot money in the long run, especially in terms of emergency repairs and early replacement.
"Davisware Bonus Tip: Keep your HVAC system running
If your home has a pet door, it is important to check that the framing is well sealed when closed. If it isn’t then you’ve just added another way to let that unfiltered air inside your home as well as energy leaks
A solution for this could be putting a good seal (that your dog or cat can still push through) over your pet door for your AC to work more efficiently."
" Davisware Bonus Tip: Protect your Pets from the Summer Heat
If you have pets staying in the household while you’re at work, it’s important to choose “away”
temperature settings that are still safe and comfortable for your pets, especially, if you have a dog with a heavier coat or a long-haired cat. If you would be uncomfortably warm at that temperature, you can bet your pets are even warmer."
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