How to keep pests from getting into your HVAC system

How to keep pests from getting into your HVAC system

Your HVAC system is a connection between indoor and outdoor air and this can sometimes lead to openings for pests from the outdoors to get inside your home. A well-maintained HVAC system has devices in place to help them from getting in, but sometimes only the smallest gap can allow bugs or other rodents to sneak in, which can sometimes lead to asthma, allergies, or poor indoor air quality. Here is how you can keep pests from getting into your HVAC system and your home.

Tip #1: Make sure points of entry are sealed properly.
If you have noticed an uptake of rodents, fleas, or other bugs entering your home, you should consider consulting with a pest control professional that can take a close look around your home and determine where the creatures are getting in. If they’re using your HVAC system to get inside, the technician can fit it with protective screens or vents. In addition, our team at Hybrid can come out and pinpoint drafty areas in the home that could be leaving open spaces that allow for insects or other rodents to enter the home.

Tip #2: Keep moisture under control.
Make sure that there is no standing water or any puddles of water around your HVAC unit, especially near your condenser. Pests need water to survive, so this could be a point of draw for them.

Tip #3: Get your ductwork looked at.
If you have leaky ductwork or areas of gaps, there may be areas where creepy-crawlies can get in. In addition, you’ll be wasting energy and your utility bills will be steadily increasing.

Tip #4: Make sure you schedule annual HVAC maintenance appointments.
Annual inspections allow us to come out and make sure there are no obvious problems with your HVAC system. In addition, we’ll determine if there are any repairs or replacements needed and point out any problem areas where we see pests trying to get in.

If you suspect that pests are trying to get into your home through your HVAC system or you need a tune-up scheduled before the new spring season starts, contact our experienced team of HVAC specialists at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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