Many pet owners consider their furry friends as members of the family, but pet hair and dander can take their toll on your home's comfort, efficiency, and cleanliness. Here are three tips that can help you enjoy life with your pet while also taking good care of your home.
Change Your Air Filters Frequently
Your indoor air likely contains some degree of pet dander even if you own a hypoallergenic breed, so pay extra attention to your air filters when you have a pet in the house.
In addition to regular professional maintenance, changing your air filters every 30 days optimizes indoor air quality, avoids costly repairs, and keeps your central air system functioning efficiently.
Fur has a way of accumulating quickly in room corners, under the couch, and the register grate of your HVAC unit. If possible, store your vacuum cleaner in an easily accessible spot, and use it frequently to keep pet hair at bay. Be sure to also vacuum your pet’s favorite resting spots.
Prevent Drain Clogs at Bath Time
If you bathe your pet in the tub, a few simple precautions can help you avoid expensive and inconvenient drain clogs.
Brush your pet before their bath. Even if you regularly groom your pet, a thorough brushing just before bath time can significantly reduce the amount of hair that eventually ends up in the tub.
Use a drain filter. Even the best brushing session probably won't remove all your pet's loose fur, so use a drain filter to trap any fur before it can make its way to your pipes. You can find a wide selection of hair traps in home improvement stores or online.
Wipe the tub clean. No matter how tired you may be after bathtime, resist the temptation to rinse any leftover hair or debris down the drain. Instead, use a paper towel to wipe the tub clean.
Although caring for your pet with your home in mind can require some extra time and effort, the investment can yield the rich rewards of both a faithful companion and a comfortable house.
For all of your indoor air quality, HVAC, and plumbing needs, contact Pine State Services at (207) 747-1210.