When you welcome a dog into your family, you should be ready for a lot of changes and adjustments. One often overlooked area where new dog owners need to make adjustments is with their HVAC systems. In order to ensure your dog is comfortable and your HVAC system stays in good order, here are a few of the things you should do after adopting a dog:
1. Hide your outside cooling unit
If you have an air conditioner unit located outside your house, you should take steps to protect it from your dog. Unfortunately, if your dog urinates on your AC unit, the urine can eat away at the metal, and that can cause the refrigerant coil to corrode.
This coil holds the refrigerant that ultimately cools your home, and when it corrodes, the refrigerant leaks out, rendering your AC virtually useless.
To protect your outdoor unit, plant bushes around it. Consider roses or another type of plant with foreboding thorns. Also, when you take your dog out for walks, don't set a precedent by allowing him to urinate on other people's ACs. Instead, try to teach him or her to never approach outdoor units.
2. Invest in better furnace filters
In addition to protecting your AC, take some steps to protect your air. Unfortunately, when you get a pet, you also get pet hair and pet dander. Pet dander is tiny flecks of skin shed by pets. It gets into your air and can cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to animals.
Even if you are not personally allergic, you should take steps to reduce the amount of pet dander in your home. It makes your air cleaner and makes your home nicer for guests who may have allergies.
To cut down on the pet dander in your house, invest in a better filter for your heater. The most effective filters have very small holes that catch tiny particles like dander and prevent them from being recycled into your air.
3. Plan to change your filters more often
Whether you decided to invest in finer filters for your HVAC system or not, keep in mind that you will need to change your filters more often after you adopt a dog. When filters become clogged, they can hurt the efficiency of your system.
After becoming a puppy parent, remember to do a visual check of your filters at least once a month, and change (or wash and replace) them when they appear to be dirty and clogged.
4. Consider an automatic thermostat
If your dog is going to be spending time home alone, you don't want him or her to be uncomfortable. However, if you are not there, you cannot change the temps on his or her behalf.
With a programmable thermostat, you can ensure your home is always at a consistent temperature for your dog's comfort. You can even get programmable thermostats that connect to an app on your phone so you can modify your home's temps remotely.
For example, if you are at work and a snow storm unexpectedly starts, you can open the app on your phone and fire up the heater for your dog from where you are.
5. Cool and heat your dog house
If your dog is going to be sleeping in a dog house out in your yard, you can give him or her his or her own little HVAC system. Small portable HVAC systems for dog houses create a pleasant climate in your dog's house so you never have to worry about him or her getting unnecessarily cold or risking heat stroke.
If you would like to invest in a portable HVAC unit or a programmable thermostat, then contact an HVAC company like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.