No matter how much we love our furry four-legged friends, they are responsible for lots of hair and dander in our homes, causing problems with both air quality and system performance. How can you keep your heating and cooling systems clear and functioning perfectly?

Who Has Pet Dander?

If you have a furry pet, you most likely have pet dander.

Depending upon the type of dog or cat you have, the problem can be more or less severe. These dogs for instance, are a few of the hypoallergenic breeds that do not shed, or at least shed less than most: This list is from

  1. Bichon Frise
  2. Brussels Griffon
  3. Chinese Crested Dog
  4. Italian Greyhound
  5. Komondor
  6. Löwchen
  7. Poodle
  8. Portuguese Water Dog

However, if you have one of these dogs, you are probably already familiar with pet dander and hair. This is the list of 10 dog breeds that shed the most from

  1. Akita
  2. Alaskan malamute
  3. American Eskimo
  4. Cardigan Welsh corgi
  5. Chowchow
  6. German Shepherd
  7. Great Pyrenees
  8. Labrador retriever
  9. Pembroke Welsh corgi
  10. Siberian Husky

HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

Of course, there are all types of breeds of dogs and cats with varying degrees of shedding and hair loss. So, how can you keep your home clean and maintain your HVAC system effectively? Here are a few tips to keep your environment fresh and your indoor air quality as good as possible:

  • Abatement: Keeping your pet groomed goes a long way toward reducing hair and dander that can affect your HVAC system. Learn how often you can bathe your pet without affecting their skin. Frequent brushing and bathing can go a long way toward reducing pet allergies.
  • Changing Air Filters: changing the air filters on your system is a maintenance must, even without pets. The frequency with which you schedule changing your air filter can depend upon the type of pets you have and how much hair, fur, and dander they produce. Questions? Give us a call!
  • Protect your Condenser: An AC condenser can present a safety issue for certain types of pets. It’s important to train your dog to avoid the condenser when outside; if necessary, you may need to add a small fence or greenery to protect it. Make sure there is nothing exposed or loose, including wires that they can chew.

Dogs cats and other furry four-legged friends are like members of our family. If you are concerned about the air quality in your home, contact Northern Heating and Air for more information. Regular HVAC maintenance for pet owners can help you maintain your home free from excessive hair, dander, and allergens. Call us today at (518) 745-0401 or contact us online for more information.

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