The HVAC system works by exchanging indoor air with the outdoor air. It is at the points where the air is exchanged that often allows certain pests to enter the HVAC and air duct system. Once inside the ductwork, pests can find their way into the home. Many homeowners work diligently to keep pests out of their home and often forget about the air conditioning system,. While others may attempt to keep pests out of the HVAC system, they often cause more problems. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will share how to properly secure the HVAC system safely and keep pests out.
Common Bugs & Pests Coming in Through Your Air Conditioning System
In Southern Nevada, a number of pests enter our home through the HVAC system. Some of the most common pests are rodents, cockroaches, and scorpions. Another common problem for roof top units are birds building their nests next to or underneath the air conditioner. A number of contaminants get spread as pests roam within the air duct system, such as dead skin, feces, and fur which can become a major threat to the well being of the household. When preventing pests from using the HVAC system as their point of access, there are a few steps you can take. However, it is important not to get too excessive as there are a number of aspects within the HVAC system that can go wrong.
Air Vent Screens for Bugs
Air vents are essential and need to remain open for the health of the entire HVAC system, which means you don’t close them even to help keep pests out of your home. The air vents need to stay open. However, you can have screens place on the inside of the vents that can help keep the pests from crawling through the vents. For those who choose to cover the vents with screens, make sure to check and clean them monthly if not more, as dust builds on them quickly.
Air Duct Inspection & Sealing
Air duct leaks don’t just waste energy but allows pests inside the ductwork. When air duct material degrades, they develop small holes, or even split at the seams. Make sure to have the air duct system inspected when having your HVAC tuned-up which should occur twice a year. By constantly monitoring the condition of the air duct system you can also make sure pests are not chewing or squeezing their way through the air duct system.
Bird Control Netting & Mesh Barriers for Roof Top HVAC Unit
Units that sit on the roof is often the target for birds, such as pigeons, to build their nest near or underneath the unit. You will want to keep birds away from the unit as the outdoor air is sucking air. In so doing, it may contain the nest material, features, and droppings of the bird which affects the indoor air quality. A hollow air conditioner stand provides birds a great nest site, so you will want to cover the bottom with wire fencing that will keep the birds out and away. Consider additional bird control devices on the roof to help reduce bird population on your roof.
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Make sure to regularly schedule a HVAC tune-up for your system. In this way you also make sure the system is monitored to help keep pests out. You may also want to schedule air duct cleaning, inspection and sealing as well. For quality HVAC service, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today.