We love our pets and value them as a family member. So to ensure quality care for our fur babies, it is essential to keep in mind that they rely primarily on us for proper attention and comfort. For dogs and cats, maintaining their core body temperature in the heat can be a real challenge and, therefore, a concern. Animals don’t sweat the way humans do, and besides having the ability to pant, our pets are left to the mercy of external cooling methods. Therefore, guaranteeing your AC is appropriately working for Ohio’s sweltering summer temperatures is imperative for our animals and ourselves! Furthermore, your pets affect your HVAC system. Loveland Heating & Air would like to offer up a few must-knows for upholding cohesive protection over yourself, your pets, and your HVAC system.
What Danger to Animals Does AC Wiring Impose?
If AC wiring is in an unprotected area from your pets, please reconsider your AC’s wiring placement. Exposed wires can readily become an animal’s new favorite chew toy. If victorious in their wire chewing ventures, your pets may undergo traumatic oral burns and electrical shock. These wounds can be severe and, therefore, should be prevented to the best of your ability. Also, any compromised wiring can affect your air conditioner’s power to operate and cause a house fire to ensue. House fires can be devastating and life-altering, so please take proper caution.
What is the Purpose of Constructing a Barrier Around Your AC Unit?
Pets or no pets, you should honestly consider securing a boundary around your AC unit if you haven’t already taken this precaution. You never know what stray animals are sniffing around your system. It is well-known that animals are territorial, and if they detect the scent of a wafting off your unit, there is a high chance your AC will become a “hot spot” for “territory marking.” The acidity in urine can mean irreparable damage to your system. While your unit was built to withstand the outdoor elements, urine is an exception! Animal urine can quickly influence corrosion which can cause structural deterioration, and if urine gets on the condenser coils, a freon leak can result. Freon is a harmful gas to you and the environment; not to mention, the replacement cost is not cheap! If desired, you can even make this a creative DIY project by designing a barrier yourself! However, do note that leaving room between the fence and your system is essential to avoid compromising the efficiency of your system.
What Effect Does Animal Grooming Have on Your HVAC system?
If your precious pet’s coat is kept clean and properly maintained, you and your pet’s health will thank you! Healthy, shiny coats shed and stink a lot less. Unfortunately, dander is a familiar indoor allergen within households that house pets. Now, your HVAC system aids the removal of dander from your home; however, too much built-up dander is still a possibility. As a result, your ducts can become obstructed and can lower your home’s indoor air quality. Staying on top of this is one of the only hopes for overcoming those intense pet aromas and unpleasant airborne allergens!
We genuinely hope this information has been worthwhile in some way to you! And, if you have any additional questions or concerns, our team at Loveland Heating & Air would be thrilled to be of some assistance! Pet owners know their four-legged pals are an outstanding obligation. Still, so is your HVAC system, and this endeavor doesn’t need to be complicated! So, allow us to help you find even more pride as a pet owner & a homeowner! Call today at (513) 216-5913, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!