HVAC Considerations for Pet Owners

HVAC systems work to keep everyone in your family comfortable and for many, families are made up of more than just humans. Use these helpful HVAC tips in order to keep your home a safe and comfortable environment for you and your furry friends.

For your pet’s safety

The Temperature

You may think that your pets need the house as hot or cold as you do to remain comfortable. However, that isn’t always the case. For the most part, pets can stay safe and comfortable in a wider range of temperatures than humans. Be sure to research the optimal temperature for your type of pet but don’t feel bad adjusting the thermostat up or down a little while you are gone in order to save on energy bills.

Crate Placement

If your pet has a crate, it should never be placed too close or especially right on top of an HVAC vent.

Keeping Equipment Safe

As most pet owners know, some animals just can’t help but get into everything. Dogs and cats, especially puppies and kittens, are known to chew, dig and claw. For their safety, and the well-being of your equipment, keep your furnace, air conditioner and exposed wires in spaces that your pet can’t access.

For your safety

Replace Filters Regularly

When dogs and cats shed, their hair seems to end up all over every inch of the house. What you may not think about is the fact that the hair and pet dander can find its way into your HVAC system and into the air you breathe. Not only can this negatively impact your indoor air quality, it can clog your filters and restrict airflow, wasting energy and leading to higher utility bills. If you have a pet, specifically one that sheds heavily, you may need to change your HVAC filters more often than commonly suggested.

Seal Ducts

Pet dander and hair can severely damage your ducts if they are not sealed properly, and can have a negative impact on your indoor air quality. Consider a service, such as Aeroseal, that will prevent pet debris from getting into your ducts.

Bathe and Brush Your Pet Often

A great way to minimize pet hair is to groom your pet regularly, including brushing and bathing them. In addition, keep on top of dusting and vacuuming around the house. This will reduce the amount of debris and dander in the air and the amount that ultimately makes it into your HVAC system.

Keep these considerations in mind and you and your pets will benefit from comfort and safety all year round! Questions about solutions such as Aeroseal or other residential HVAC services that will help keep you and your pets safe and comfortable? Simply contact us.

Problems with Installing an Over-Sized Air Conditioner

You may think that bigger is better but that’s not the case when it comes to HVAC equipment. An air conditioner that provides more power than necessary for your space can lead to big problems. Read on to see how a unit that’s too large can affect your indoor air quality, comfort, wallet and more.

Short cycling

If your AC is “short cycling,” it’s turning off early, before it’s had time to complete a full cooling cycle. This happens when the unit is too powerful, cooling your home quicker than needed. Short cycling not only puts unnecessary stress on your equipment but because it occurs over and over all day long, it causes your energy bills to skyrocket.

Higher cost

Not only will you see higher energy bills with an over-sized unit, you’ll likely pay more upfront for the equipment and the installation because of the larger size.

Temperature variations

An air conditioner that is too big will cause major temperature variations throughout the different areas of your home. Because of short cycling, one room may cool quickly while others are left warm. Properly sized equipment will cool your home evenly, over time leading to optimal comfort levels.

Inadequate dehumidification

Since it doesn’t have to go through a full cooling cycle to lower the temperature, an over-sized air conditioner doesn’t have the proper amount of time or airflow to adequately dehumidify your home. This leads to a muggy, damp and clammy indoor environment. Not only is this a major discomfort, it can leave your house smelling musty.

Improper air filtration

Because of shorter run-times, air is not filtered properly which can lead to a decrease in indoor air quality, putting you and your family at risk for health problems.

Shorter lifespan

Due to unnecessary wear and tear, your over-sized equipment will likely break down quicker than a correctly sized unit would. You’ll end up paying more in repairs and may actually need to replace your unit well before you expected.

It’s easy to avoid these problems when you work with a trusted HVAC company who will recommend a properly sized air conditioner based on careful calculation. Contact Crown Group to get a new AC quote in Akron or Canton, Ohio.