How to Pest-Proof Your HVAC System

In the world we live in, there are dozens of pests that can haunt our homes and businesses. Some of the most popular include rats, mice, spiders, and cockroaches. While we may try to keep these nuisances out of our homes and businesses, it can prove to be difficult — especially within your HVAC system’s ductwork.

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Create a Tight Seal

Over time, air ducts can experience air leaks via cracks, gaps, and holes. Not only will your HVAC system experience air loss, but pests can make there way into the ducts from your home or business, and vice versa. You want to have an HVAC technician seal your ductwork so you can keep pests out and your cooled (or warmed) air in.

Cover Vents and Flue Pipes

An important part of an HVAC system is the flue pipe, which will remove any byproducts from the system. Depending on the size of the system you have, you could have one or more of these flue pipes. Make sure these are covered properly, but still have the airflow they need to operate effectively. Exterior vents should also be covered, which are installed if you have exhaust fans or a whole house ventilation system. The last thing you need is a rodent or bird to block this opening, especially if it dies whilst stuck here (talk about smelly).

Protect the Condenser

The condenser located conveniently outside your home or business is constantly exposed to Mother Nature — and the pests that live here. To deter pests from making this unit their home, you have to keep up with some exterior maintenance. Keep the area around the unit clean by sweeping away debris and cutting down any surrounding vegetation. You should also give the outside unit a quick cleaning with soap, water, and a good scrub. Once cleaned, apply a pest repellant around the condenser to ward off any potential pest threats.

A handful of pesky pests can find their way into your home or business’s ductwork — it’s up to you to stop them. When your HVAC system needs repair, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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