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Your pets’ comfort matters too. If your Mebane, North Carolina, household includes beloved furry family members, you’ll want to make sure your HVAC system keeps your pets comfortable and safe. To keep your air clean and the temperature comfortable, follow these tips to choose and maintain the best air conditioner for your pets’ comfort.

Keep Indoor Air Clean

Whether you’re a dog person or a cat lover, having pets means you’ll need to take extra steps to keep your home’s indoor air clean. Naturally, pet dander and fur can impact indoor air quality, affecting both you and your pets’ comfort.

To keep airborne dander and fur under control, change your air conditioner’s HVAC filter as often as possible, ideally every 30 days. If replacing the filter monthly doesn’t do enough to minimize airborne contaminants, the A&E Heating and Air Conditioning team may recommend adding a whole-home air purifier to your air conditioner to take indoor air quality to a whole new level.

Maintain a Comfortable Temperature

Your pet’s coat type, size, weight, age and health will determine whether they will need cooler or warmer temperatures in your home. The best temperature for dogs and cats will vary depending on a few circumstances. This summer, you should set your thermostat between 75 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home. If you’re away from home, then you should set it between 80 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, make sure you leave fresh, cool water for your pet while you’re gone, so they aren’t in distress.

If your air conditioner doesn’t support a smart thermostat, you may want to consider upgrading to a more high-tech system. Smart thermostats like the ComfortLink II XL1050 allows you to program temperature and air quality settings in advance to ensure that your pets are always comfortable, even when you aren’t home. Since smart thermostats connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network, you can even log in to adjust the temperature from work, school, or anywhere you have an internet connection.

Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

You wouldn’t want to experience an air conditioner breakdown in the middle of the summer, and we know you also wouldn’t want your pets to suffer through a heatwave. That’s why our team recommends scheduling HVAC maintenance regularly. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can rest assured that your cooling system runs as efficiently as possible while minimizing the chances of unexpected breakdowns.

Whether you need to upgrade your air conditioner, schedule routine maintenance, or talk with an indoor air quality expert, we’re at your service. Call the HVAC professionals at A&E Heating and Air Conditioning today.

Originally published in July 2018, updated in May 2020

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