3 Ways Pet Owners Can Improve Their HVAC Systems

Posted on: 20 June 2022

There are universal tips that can help homeowners maintain their HVAC system and improve its efficiency. However, if you own pets, like cats or dogs, then there are a few considerations to keep in mind when it comes to HVAC installation and maintenance. Here are three tips that will help you improve your HVAC system so that you can keep the indoor temperature and air quality comfortable for both you and your pets.

Install an ERV/HRV System

Both Energy Recovery Ventilation systems (ERVs) and health recovery ventilation systems (HRVs) are designed to remove stale indoor air and replace it with fresh outside air. An ERV has two fans: one that pulls air in, and one that pushes air out. It also has a heat exchanger that transfers humidity from one airstream to the other. An HRV works similarly to an ERV but it just transfers heat and not moisture. While a plug-in air purifier can add be a supplementary device to remove environmental contaminants from the home, it's not as powerful as an ERV or an HRV at removing allergens and other pathogens. If you have a family member with pet allergies, but you still want to keep your cat or dog, then an ERV/HRV could help remove dander. Plus, if you or your pets have allergies to dust, pollen, or mold, then an ERV/HRV system could make everyone more comfortable.

Change the Filters More Often

You can decrease dander and shedding by brushing your pets regularly and taking them to professional groomers. However, you can also reduce dander—and increase HVAC efficiency—by changing your air filters more often. Compared to other households, homes with pets may just have filters that get dirty more quickly due to pet hair and dander. So even though your filter may say that it only needs to be changed every three months, you may need to change it every month or two instead. Ask your HVAC technician for filter recommendations and for a schedule for changing them.

Program the Thermostat with the Pets in Mind

You shouldn't be turning the thermostat on and off frequently or changing the temperature range too much since this can strain the system and increase your energy bills. But before you program the thermostat range for the morning, afternoon, and evening temperature shifts, keep your pets' comfort in mind. Cats don't tolerate colder temperatures well, and dogs have a hard time adjusting to higher temperatures. If you are worried about saving on your energy bill, then talk with your HVAC technician for recommendations to improve your system. While water bowls can help on hot days, and extra blankets can help on colder days, you don't want to vary your thermostat too much and risk your pet getting sick.  

For more information, contact a residential HVAC contractor.


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