As a pet owner, you consider your furry friend part of the family. And just like any other member of the household, you want to make sure they’re comfortable all year round …
That’s why it’s important to have a heating and cooling system that works well for both you and your pet. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your home comfortable for both you and your four-legged friend.
If you have a central air system, make sure your pet can’t get to the outdoor unit. Dogs and cats are known for chewing on wires, which can cause damage to the system. Keep the area around the unit clear of debris and surround the unit with a screen or fence to deter your pet from getting too close.
Finally, remember that pets can suffer from allergies just like people. If you notice that your pet is sneezing or has watery eyes, it might be time to have the air quality in your home checked. An experienced heating and cooling technician can help you determine if there are any airborne allergens in your home and recommend a solution to improve the air quality for both you and your pet.
In the summer, it’s important to keep your home cool enough for your pet. Again, some animals are more sensitive to heat than others, so you’ll need to experiment to find the right temperature for your pet. A good rule of thumb is to set the thermostat no higher than 74 degrees when you’re home and 78 degrees when you’re away. This will keep your pet comfortable without running up your energy bill.
You should also ensure that your heating and cooling system is serviced regularly. A well-maintained system will run more efficiently and last longer, saving you money in the long run. Change your air filter every few months to keep the system running smoothly, especially because pet dander can quickly clog an air filter.
Have you ever wondered, though, what exactly IS pet dander? Pet dander is made up of flakes of skin shed by animals, typically animals with fur or feathers. That’s why it’s essential to keep your pet groomed regularly and vacuum and dust often if you have a pet in your home. Of course, other animals like reptiles and fish don’t cause this issue, but ANY mammal, including rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters, shed dander (dead skin cells). Changing your air filter once a month as opposed to every few months if you have pets is a good idea because chances are the dander has clogged it up!
By following these simple tips, you can make your home more comfortable for you and your pet. And when everyone is happy, that’s when the purring starts.