HVAC Care for the Pet Owner
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Proud pet owners have to put up with a lot in order to keep their furry friends around. Pet hair on furniture and dander floating in the air are among the most irritating downsides of sharing your home with a dog or cat. But if those hairs and particles are being scattered around your home, you can bet they’re ending up in your HVAC filter -- and that’s just one way owning a pet can affect your climate control system.

There are special considerations for pet owners when it comes to maintaining an HVAC system and controlling energy use:

Replace filters diligently. If you have one or more shedding pets in the home, you should check your HVAC filter before it’s due for replacement. 

Clean your home regularly. One of the keys to avoiding those filter clogs is preventing most hair and dander from reaching the filter. A lightweight cordless vacuum can make it fairly easy to suck up pet hair around the home every other day.

Bathe and brush your pet. The other key to controlling hair and dander is to harvest it right off your pet’s body before she can scatter it around the home. 

Get your ducts cleaned. Small particles will inevitably circulate throughout your entire system, including your ducts. And with a pet in the home, there will be more of them. Every few years, have your HVAC technician inspect your ductwork to determine if duct cleaning is warranted. 

Fence off your outdoor AC unit. If you leave your pets unattended in the yard, you can help keep them and your air conditioner safe by creating a breathable barrier around your outdoor unit. 

 

Jake Bradley
HVAC FAQs
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When should I have my heating and cooling equipment serviced?

Your HVAC systems should be serviced before the start of each heating and cooling season. So, your air conditioner should have regular maintenance performed at the end of winter or beginning of spring, while your heat pump or furnace should have its regular maintenance performed at the end of summer or beginning of fall.

How often should I replace my HVAC air filters?

Your air filters should be replaced every one to three months depending on usage. This is vitally important to the performance of your HVAC systems and your indoor air quality.

How important is my indoor air quality?

The short answer? So important! Your indoor air quality can be as much as 100 times worse than the outdoor air. That means pollutants, allergens, dust, and mildew can be circulating in your home affecting your family’s health and wellbeing. Improving and maintaining your indoor air quality is vitally important to your home and family.

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All About Service Agreements
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Are Service ageements to expensive?
The inconvenience, frustration and issues related to system malfunctions can be costly in parts, labor and potentially system replacement, and can all be avoided with proper maintenance. A good preventative maintenance agreement with a well- respected and properly vetted HVAC service provider is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Good service contracts with reputable HVAC service providers do cost money. But the negative impact of equipment failure or inefficient systems can far surpass that cost. You would not drive your car for miles and miles without changing the oil, rotating the tires or replacing the brake pads. So why would anything be different when it comes to heating and air conditioning would not need the same attention and service? HVAC units need to be maintained on a regular basis.

Are service agreements necessary?
Repairs are not always apparent, but regular maintenance helps to ensure that little problems don’t turn into big ones. In addition, a poorly maintained HVAC system can have big implications for a home owner or business’s bottom line.

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The History Behind Your Air Conditioning System
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Before air conditioners, people would keep things cool with big blocks of ice. When air conditioners were introduced, their output ratings were judged based on how much ice you would need to get the same cooling power.

The first air conditioner was invented by Willis Carrier in 1902. He worked at a publishing company and needed a way to keep his paper from expanding and ink from running.

Herbert Hoover was the first President to enjoy the air conditioning. He spent $30,000 to install the system in the oval office, just after the start of the Great Depression 

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Turn Down for What???
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Turning up or down the thermostat will not make your home get warmer or cooler faster. 

It's easy to think a thermostat is like a water tap the wider you open it the more water (heat/cool)  comes out. It's actually like a light switch when it's on the same amount of light (heat/cool) comes out.

Best Advice: Keep the thermostat at one temperature! 

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Stop Closing Vents Off or Blocking Them!
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Stop closing vents off or blocking them in rooms not used. This will not reduce the load on your HVAC system and will cost more on the electric bill.

If you have a central air system the pressure load is balanced for the ductwork throughout the house. Blocking vents can impact how the system breaths (inhales and exhales) air. Doing this will cause to be thrown out of balance. This results in your compressor working harder, running longer, more repairs, and early compressor failure. I advise leaving all vents open. Doing this the air will be circulated throughout your whole home at a balanced rate. Which makes the whole house comfortable.

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Stop Turning Your Thermostat Up and Down!

Stop turning your thermostat way down or up when you're not at home. It does NOT save you money. Your home is acclimated to the temp already, so turning it way up or way down makes everything in the house cold or hot which in turn your furnace or AC has to heat or cool everything in the house to the temp it was before you left. The unit runs longer doing that than just running its normal cycle. 

One of our clients we told her to try it for a week and she couldn't believe how much it saved. She got her daily electric usage from the electric company and told me it's a dramatic difference.

 Moral of the story: Stop Turning that thermostat up and down!

Jake Bradley