Just like how our home’s HVAC system keeps us comfortable all year long, it keeps our furry friends happy, too! Our beloved pets are always there when we need companionship, so why not care for them the best we can? As a responsible pet owner, this involves making sure they are fed and groomed adequately. However, your HVAC system shouldn’t be overlooked, as this is key in ensuring their safety and comfort as well as your own. Follow Ernst Heating & Cooling’s tips on keeping your pet cool inside your Metro East Illinois home this summer:
Protect your outdoor unit
Protecting your outdoor unit ensures that the internal components of your HVAC system run optimally. If you have pets, you know just how curious they can be. They sometimes like to scratch or paw at surfaces, which can lead to damage to the fins and condenser coils of your outdoor unit. The last thing you want is a blitzed HVAC system in the middle of a hot July day. Keep your household red, blue, and cool by placing a barrier around the equipment for protection.
Change the air filters
Along with playfulness, our animal companions come with fur and dander. Air filters are an essential part of your HVAC system. They trap dirt, dust, and dander, thus stopping their circulation throughout your home. However, when nasties accumulate in the filter, it prevents proper airflow from occurring. With animals in the house, it’s best to change your air filters at least once a month. This way, you maintain your household’s comfort and the performance of your HVAC system.
Skip the fan
Fans act as a convenient backup plan for comfort. However, they aren’t able to cool down our pets as effectively as they cool us. Because many animals sweat primarily through their paws, it is better to keep your A/C in cooling mode before you leave. As an extra support, place a cooling mat nearby.
At Ernst, we know that when summer settles in, things get hot fast! Any steps we can take to prevent overheating is a must. No matter what cooling needs you may have, our experts are here to support you and your furry friends. Keep it cool and comfortable this July by calling us at 618.217.1836 for more information today!