Being proactive with your furnace is necessary for every homeowner in order to reduce the potential for requiring expensive repairs in the future. And if you own a dog or cat, furnace cleaning for pet owners is an essential part of being proactive in your regular maintenance. Although you should always leave service and maintenance in the hands of a skilled and qualified heating technician, there are some simple and effective tasks that you can perform in between those scheduled maintenance visits. Read on to learn how you can help keep your furnace running smoothly and free from all that pet dander.
Keep an Eye on the Filter
The filter is one of the essential components of your furnace and one that should been changed regularly. The filter is what acts as a barrier to trap and prevent dust and allergens – such as pet dander – from being distributed throughout your home. Without a clean filter, hair and dust can’t easily be contained. Equally important, a clean filter helps your furnace stay safe and efficient. If the filter is clogged, your heating system has to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. You can help improve the air quality in your home by keeping an eye on your filter on a regular basis to see whether it needs to be replaced or cleaned. Filters should generally be changed every 2-3 months, but this can vary depending on the amount of dust and pet dander in your home.
Listen to Your Furnace
The furnace can also begin to make noises when something is off with the system or requires repair, so it’s important that they aren’t ignored. When you turn the system on, listen for any clunking or popping noises. Sometimes just paying attention to the sounds and nuances of your system can indicate that it may need to be serviced. If you notice excessive noise coming from the furnace, try to record the sound and then call a qualified technician from Distinct Heating & Cooling to schedule an inspection. Ignoring these sounds can allow minor discrepancies to develop into bigger problems down the road.
Keep Your Home and Equipment as Clean as Possible
Having a dog or cat can fill your home with an abundance of love and of course, hair. Pet hair and dander can really impede the efficiency of your system. One of the easiest ways to prevent this from affecting home comfort is by keeping your home as clean as possible from all of that hair and dust. Give your pet a regular brushing outside away from your unit. It’s also helpful to clean around the equipment on a regular basis to avoid a build up of dust and debris. Vacuuming every three to six months is recommended.
Your pets are your pride and joy, but all of that hair and dander can wreak havoc on your furnace. You can reduce the impact of pet dander on your system by keeping your furnace and filter clean, paying attention to any unusual noises, and always leaving maintenance and repairs in the hands of a qualified and licensed furnace technician. Call Distinct Heating & Cooling today to schedule your 30-Point Home Heating Performance Tune-Up!