HVAC systems require an exchange between indoor and outdoor air in order to work properly. Unfortunately, if not properly maintained, this exchange of air can provide an opening that might appear to be a warm welcome for any pests that are crawling around outside your door.
Aside from being a nuisance, pests can also cause serious problems with your HVAC system, including:
- Becoming trapped in your system and ultimately causing quite the stink
- Infesting your system and lowering the air quality coming into your home
- If big enough, pests are able to cause damage to the HVAC system, leaving you with costly repairs and a diminished home value
HVAC systems are a necessity for any indoor-dweller, but that doesn't mean you have to accept pests into your home along with it! There are several ways you can work to pest-proof your home, no matter what type of HVAC unit you have:
- Seal It Off: If you suspect that pests are getting in through small openings around your HVAC unit, check it over to ensure that your duct material is still in good shape. Not only will this help with your pest problem, it will save you from losing valuable energy, as well!
- Keep it Dry: As living creatures, all pests need water to survive. Moisture around your HVAC unit is sure to attract pests who may be looking for a new water source to rely on. If you find that the area around your HVAC unit can get a little damp, use a dehumidifier to dry the surrounding area.
- Add Some Screens: Air vents on the exterior of your home can leave easy openings for bugs who are coming out in the warmer months. One of the easiest solutions to this problem is adding mesh screens that can be fitted over the entire vent.
- Be Sure to Change Your Filter: Your filters should be routinely changed every 1-2 months. Changing your filters regularly will improve your air quality and will also give you a chance to check over the unit and be sure there are no infestations occurring.
- Give Us a Call: At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is have your HVAC system inspected and tuned-up. If pests are becoming a problem for you, don't hesitate to contact Polsinello Fuels, Inc. We'll be there to check for signs of an infestation and help correct any issues that are found.