Protecting Your System From Pests
Pests are persistent and irritating creatures that seek out any form of shelter and food that they can in order to survive. This means once they can’t find those comforts out in nature, they’ll begin looking to your house to make their new home.
While the whole home is susceptible to pest invasion, the HVAC system is particularly appealing to pests due to its seclusion and darkness. Settling in your ducts and vents could wreak havoc on your HVAC system and your family’s health. But never fear, Executive Air Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration is here with a few tips on how to keep pests out of your HVAC.
The Risk of Pests
It is very possible that if you have a pest making a home in your HVAC components, they will cause some damage. Whether they create holes in vents or damage unit components, these critters can rack up some serious and costly damage.
It’s no secret that pests carry germs and bacteria that we don’t want scurrying around our home. An invasion could cause bad odor from droppings or deceased pests which will circulate through the home as your HVAC kicks on. Rodents may also carry specific pathogens which could cause illness and allergies.
Signs of Pests
There are some ways pests will make themselves known:
- Chewed components
- Ripped ductwork
- Scratching noises
- Unpleasant odors
If you’re starting to notice one or more of these things, it is best to take action and call your local pest control team. While they’re on the case of removing them from your home, you can move on to our tips for pest-proofing.
Did you know an adult mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime? This is the case for many pests, once they see a small crack or gap, they’ll likely find a way to squeeze themselves through it if it means finding shelter.
Sealing your ducts is an immensely important part of keeping unwanted animals and bugs out. Your HVAC specialist can lend a hand in finding and sealing these points of entry.
Keeping your ducts clean is another great way to help keep vermin out. So stay on top of your regular duct cleanings!
Flue and Vent Covers
Outside, pests are looking for flue and vents to scamper into and build nests. If your flue pipes are compromised, they’re not able to do their job of diminishing carbon monoxide properly.
Kick out the unwanted house-pests by installing flue and vent covers to keep them away! Bonus: these covers will also keep water and debris out. Be sure to install them securely as small animals may have the strength to pull a weakly secured cover off.
Protect the Condenser
Your outdoor air conditioning condenser is an essential part of your HVAC system that should not be left forgotten in the war on pests. From chewing and scratching to nest building, rodents and small animals can cause a large amount of damage to your exterior unit.
Begin keeping them away by clearing the area around the unit. Move any sticks, leaves, dirt, and other debris away so there is nowhere for a critter to cower. Next, use a mild soap and warm water to clean the unit every once in a while. This will remove the smell of any previous pests and keep new visitors from being attracted to the condenser.
Finally, you can guard the unit with a layer of pest repellent. Rather than pump your yard full of a chemical extermination treatment, these repellents contain an odor that pests find unattractive and will keep them away.
Looking for the experts who will help guard your HVAC and repair any damage a pest has done? Contact Executive Air Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration at (850) 220-2001 for help!