In many homes, HVAC systems also serve family members of the four-legged variety, in addition to the usual two-legged ones. Local company OK Heating and Air Conditioning shares tips on how to ensure comfort for homeowners with pets during the springtime in this blog post.
Change the air filters regularly. HVAC air filters block dust and other indoor air pollutants, some of which may affect your pet’s health, from getting into your living spaces. Standard air filters usually fill to capacity every 30 to 60 days, and replacing them regularly can be beneficial to your pets. This is beneficial to your HVAC system’s health as well, as good airflow will help reduce strain on the system and prolong its service life. HVAC air filters are user-replaceable, which means you can replace them without having to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician.
Avoid smoking indoors. The EPA classifies secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogen – that is, there’s sufficient data to indicate that it can cause cancer in humans. Therefore, it follows that it can have the same effect on your pets, so it only makes sense to limit your smoking to areas where there’s adequate ventilation, preferably the outdoors. Nicotine residue from indoor smoking can affect fabric and furniture, as well as cause yellowing on objects like the outer fascia of your air conditioner.
Maintain relative indoor humidity levels. The ideal indoor humidity level is around 50% relative to the outdoors. Humidity levels rise as the days get warmer, and indoor spaces that are too humid are conducive to the growth and spread of mold and mildew, which can be harmful to you and your pets. Indoor living spaces that are too dry–which is often the case during the winter season–can cause dryness of the skin (which can increase pet dander) and of the nose and throat (which can cause nosebleeds and difficulty swallowing). Running a humidifier or dehumidifier as appropriate can help you maintain ideal relative indoor humidity levels.
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If you need help with your heater or air conditioner, call OK Heating and Air Conditioning at (925) 337-8319. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Livermore and surrounding communities in Northern California.