Archive for November 13th, 2017

What to Know About Heating Your Home This Winter

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Many older homes rely on a boiler heating system — different from the purpose of water heaters! — instead of a furnace or a heat pump. If your boiler is fairly old, however, you may need to have some boiler work done, to make sure that everything continues to run smoothly, especially as cold weather draws near. Even if you have a newer heating system, experts recommend that you get everything checked out before the cold season hits. According to some HVAC experts, up to three-quarters of the no-heat calls they get in the winter are because the system wasn’t properly maintai

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Your Air Ducts Vs Your Pets: How To Keep Your System Clean

heating systemBeing a pet owner is hard work. You’re cleaning the furniture of any fur and dander, sweeping or vacuuming the floors, and lint-rolling your clothing. However, odds are that if your pet’s fur and dander are ending up on your clothes, your furniture, and your floors, it’s also ending up in your HVAC system filter.

If you don’t perform HVAC maintenance every so often, your pet’s fur can build up in the system and give you and your family some unclean air to breathe in. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to ensure that your heating system is working at its best.

  • Regularly clean your house
    Up to 25% of your home’s heating could be lost through holes and cracks in your home’s foundation. But in some cases, ineffective heating can be caused by a buildup of debris in the air ducts, preventing the warm air from reaching certain rooms properly through the vents. One of the best preventative methods for keeping animal fur and dander from getting into the air ducts is ensuring that the fur around your house is cleaned up on a regular basis.
  • Brush your pet
    Another preventative method is to brush your pet routinely and grab the fur from the source. By routinely brushing your pet and throwing away any excess fur, you keep the fur from ending up on your furniture, floors, clothes, and most importantly, in your air vents.
  • Have your air ducts professionally cleaned
    Your air ducts should be cleaned every three to five years in order to have them working properly and to keep you safe from any respiratory illness or allergies that may occur from built up debris. Cleaning your air ducts of any pet dander can also keep your home smelling fresh and clean.

Ensuring your heating system is clean and functioning is something you should do as a homeowner regardless of your pets. But when you have an animal in the house, their fur and dander can end up in surprising places.

Therefore, it’s up to you to maintain the cleanliness and proper functioning of your system when your pet’s fur is ending up in your air ducts. Contact your HVAC company for professional maintenance on your heating system today.