Our furry friends are more than just pets, they’re members of our family.  We take on a major role in their lives by offering them food and shelter, and in return, they provide us with unconditional love.  We love them, but we also have to take extra precautions when it comes to home maintenance.  Their hair gets everywhere and exposed wires can pose a threat to their safety.  We wanted to share a few tips to keep your pets and your HVAC system safe and running efficiently.

Outdoor Condensing Unit

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Your outdoor condensing unit can be a target for pawing, playing, chewing and territory.  If your dog, or a neighborhood dog, like to play with your unit or mark it as their own, it could cause damage.  If the dog likes to chew or scratch at the outdoor condenser, it could possibly break the fins of the condenser coil and hurt the dog’s pads or gums.  Also, urine can cause the unit to corrode.  To protect both the condenser and the doggies walking around, put some sort of barrier around your unit.

Exposed Wires

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Exposed wires can look like a fun chew toy to many puppies and kittens, sometimes adult dogs and cats as well.  This can be really scary because it can cause a lot of harm to your furry friends and be an expensive repair to your HVAC system.  Be sure to cover those wires with some sort of protective casing (like the one shown above).  This will save you from expensive vet bills and from expensive HVAC repairs.

Filter Maintenance

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Changing your filter is typically suggested to be done every 2-6 months, depending on the size of the filter.  However, with furry friends roaming around, it should be changed more frequently.  Furr on the filters can cause the unit to run less efficiently, which can increase your utility bills and decrease the life of the equipment.

Frequent baths or grooming for your animals along with vacuuming, sweeping and mopping can also reduce the amount of pet hair and dander.  It’s good for their health and the health of your home, plus, they look so darn adorable in the bathtub!

We love our furry friends, so it’s important to take these steps to keep them from hurting themselves or hurting the equipment in our home.   For more tips on increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system or for scheduling a repair or maintenance, contact us.

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