There are many benefits to having pets. Not only do they up your home’s cute factor, but studies have shown that they provide health benefits such as decreased blood pressure and increased stress-reducing hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin. If you are already a pet parent or in the market for a four-legged friend, we thought we could help our homeowners with some fall home maintenance tips before the weather turns chilly.

Functional Foyer

The fall usually means wetter weather. Taking the time to add a few items to the entrance of your home that can help collect some of the dirt and mud before it gets tracked into your home by your pets. Here are a few additional ideas for your foyer:

  • Pet jacket and a place to hang it
  • A super absorbent rug with grip that you can easily throw in the washer
  • A towel for a wipe down if pets come in especially damp
  • Pet wipes. Don’t forget the feet, sidewalk salt and other ice melt products can be painful for pets to walk on and even hazardous to their health if ingested
  • Keep a mini microfiber mop close to the front door for a quick clean

A Clean Bed is a Happy Bed

Animals prefer a clean place to rest. Regular cleaning of your pet’s bedding, favorite blankets and toys will ensure that no creepy crawlies are being brought in from the outside. Give those oft-loved items a vigorous shake before tossing them in the washing machine about once a week. This routine cleaning will keep everything fresh and free of dirt and bugs for your home and your pets.

Winning the War on Pet Hair

If you have ever been a pet owner, then you know that having a little bit of pet hair and fur on your carpet, floor, and furniture is a reality. But it’s important not to let those dust bunnies win. As a homeowner, it is crucial to continue to find ways to mitigate the accumulation of pet hair as often as possible. From the usual combatants like regular grooming and washable slipcovers for your furniture to the more advanced tactics like paint-roller-sized lint removers and robovacs, the more you can do to prevent the build-up of pet hair in the home, the happier you, your family and your pets will be. 

Scratch Proof Surfaces

Does your pet scratch at the door? Besides keeping your pet’s claws trimmed for their hygiene, you may want to consider installing a pet door. If that isn’t an option, you might consider installing plexiglass in the places where your dog or cat is most likely to scratch. There are custom-fit options in both cases, whether you decide on the pet-door or plexiglass door shield.

Mind the Zap

If your family pet has the bad habit of making electrical cords a favorite toy, it’s time to get those wires and cords hidden so that they don’t continue to pose a threat to your furry friends. Electric cord concealers are an easy fix and available on Amazon and most likely at your local hardware store. If there are cases where a cord concealer isn’t the best answer, you can always wrap it in a durable yet flexible plastic conduit.

Maintain your Home’s HVAC System 

As the weather changes and we move into the fall and winter months your HVAC system is more important than ever. When we close up our homes against the chill in the air, it is also important not to compromise the air quality with the extra fur and dander that is taking its toll on your HVAC. Changing or upgrading your air filter with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of at least 8 is a great place to start. 

Double-check your air ducts to ensure that there isn’t any loose fur or hair. If there is fur or hair present inside the duct, you may have a leak somewhere in your air duct system. This can be a quick DIY repair if you are a handy person. If not, a professional can take care of this for you. This duct system is what circulates all the air in your home, and it’s essential to make sure that it functions correctly and remains free of leaks. 

Smart thermostats

Investing in a smart thermostat won’t just save you money on your utility bills, it will also give you peace of mind knowing your pets are comfortable while they are home alone. While humans typically enjoy a 72-degree environment, you can rest assured that your pets are comfortable with a temperature range of 62 in the winter. 

To say that Hippo understands the importance of pets to a home is an understatement. Why not just take a peek at some of our other Pet Parent articles on our blog. Have any other questions when it comes to pets and your home insurance policy? Feel free to contact us 24/7. In a rush, get a quote in 60 seconds instead.

 

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