For many who live in a residence, especially homeowners, bugs have the potential to be a big problem. And because they can enter through various, countless passages in your space, it’s crucial to know how to secure your home against them. But, did you know that these annoying, pesky pests can gain access to your home’s HVAC system as well? Any existing cracks, gaps, or holes in your unit can allow bugs to slip right in – potentially causing even further damage to the interior. And above all, possibly affecting the health of anyone who resides there!
Here’s a look at how you can fortify your HVAC system and prevent bugs from gaining access to this critical appliance in your home.
Seal Up Openings
Over time, all homes begin to show signs of aging, such as cracks and gaps. But along with the changes to your residence itself, your home’s systems will also begin to display similar wear and tear. And perhaps one of the most foolproof ways to help prevent bugs is by sealing any of these openings that they can enter through. That includes both the interior and exterior of your home. In fact, according to H.A. Sun Heating & Air Conditioning outdoor vents are the number one way that bugs enter residences. So to make sure that these access points are properly protected, it’s recommended that air vent screens are installed – in addition to any sealing that must take place. Along with sealing any cracks, gaps, or vent openings, you should ensure your ductwork is properly sealed. This further counters the possible entrance of bugs and can save you money on heating and cooling costs. Not to mention, it alleviates the chance for any debris, odors, allergens, or waste to be carried in that could cause health issues.
Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clean and Clear
Because your air conditioning is located outdoors, it is exposed to the elements daily. That means it is subject to rain, dust, extreme heat, extreme cold, and so much more. And this can lead to pests if not sufficiently protected and cleaned, as bugs are attracted to vegetation according to Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air. Make sure that your air conditioning unit is raised off the ground and that any weeds, grass, or debris are cleared away from the unit within a radius of two feet. This allows for sufficient airflow and is vital to keeping your system as bug-free as possible!
Perform Regular Maintenance
According to Comfort Pro, pests will always find a way into your home, despite sealing to the best of your ability. This is important to note because, through regular duct cleaning and maintenance, this can be alleviated. They also explain that because bugs, and even rodents, can be attracted to lint build-up, you should regularly inspect your dryer vent and keep it clear.
Prevent Bugs with B&D
At B&D, we strive to provide exceptional services – delivered in a courteous, timely manner by a team of heating and cooling professionals dedicated to making sure your systems work as smoothly and efficiently as possible. When we provide routine maintenance at B&D, we verify the proper operation of all air-handling units, combination refrigerated air natural gas units, split systems, evaporative coolers, chillers, furnaces, and thermostats. And because of this, we see firsthand what is going on in your unit – from bugs to build-up. By scheduling regular maintenance with our team, you can worry less about pests and enjoy your home.
B&D is here 24/7 to take your call. Contact us today at 505-299-4464 or schedule an appointment online.