There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
Having pests is no fun, whether they're in your ducts, your attic, or your crawlspace. And options are a little limited for treating HVAC ducts, since you can't spray them with pesticide without contaminating your own air, so it can be an expensive experience because you'll have to call an exterminator. Although HVAC pests can happen to anybody, there's a much higher risk of succumbing to an infestation of mice or roaches running around in your ducts if you fit one of these three criteria. Use them to help you manage your risk level.
1. You don't have all openings covered
Any places where there's an opening to the out-of-doors is also a wide open door into your house for an enterprising mouse. Covering any vents, chimney flues, and other intake or exhaust areas with pest-proof coverings (strong wire mesh with openings less than a quarter inch thick is ideal) is essential to protect your HVAC system.
2. You live near a body of water or a forest
Some housing situations are more likely to attract pests than others. If you live in or near a wooded area or a body of water such as a lake, there may be more nature nearby your house that could take the notion to invite itself inside through the ductwork. In fact, the ductwork may seem like the best living situation around to a family of insects who are tired of living in the cold and wet.
3. You have a habit of ignoring your HVAC system
Anyone who doesn't occasionally monitor their HVAC system for any flaws that could allow malfunctions (or pests) to intrude is asking for trouble. You can rely on your HVAC contractor to efficiently and effectively repair your furnace and AC any time something goes wrong, but keeping an eye on things so you can stop problems soon after they start (or even before) can save you a lot of money and inconvenience. Even just eyeballing the exterior vents every few weeks to make sure no squirrels have strong-armed their way in can be a productive exercise that helps you catch a squirrel infestation before the pests have raised nests full of babies inside your house.
These three thing can show whether your HVAC system is at a high risk for pests or not. Of course, not all pests who enter by the ducts will stay in the ducts, so if your ducts are unsecured, they could be the source of any other unexplained pest problems you have in your home as well.
For more information, contact local professionals like HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric.