If pests have access to your HVAC system, it’s more than an annoyance. Their droppings can cause serious air quality issues and they can seriously damage your HVAC system – and that’s just to name two issues. Luckily, Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing is here with some simple tips to keep your HVAC system safe and secure from pets.
Clean And Seal Your Ducts
Any type of gap, crack, or disconnection in your duct system can create a place for pests to get into your system. Once they’re in your HVAC system, they could potentially get into your home interior. We’re talking about mice, insects, and larger vermin – depending on the size of your duct leak.
Using pest poison isn’t a recommend option for a few reasons. First, while it may kill the pests, they will die without your ducts – which can create the problem of decaying animals within your ductwork. You can imagine the odors that could spread. Second, spraying pesticides into your ductwork would cause that pesticide to come into your home. Finally, it’s a short-term solution that may work once but won’t prevent the problem in the future.
A better option is to have your HVAC team come out, clean your ducts, and repair any leaks. We can remove any pests and debris, and actually improve your indoor air quality – all while preventing the issue from cropping up again in the future.
Cover Your Vents
Your HVAC system has a variety of vents that get rid of byproducts from your furnace. These pipes do an important job but if they’re not properly covered, they can make it possible for birds, chipmunks, and other pests to enter your home. Your cooling system may also have exterior vents that can allow pests to enter.
Call Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing and we can come out to install vent covers on every exterior intake, flue, and vent. These covers prevent pets from entering while also ensuring your pipes are clear of nests. There are more benefits too, like preventing rain water from getting into your vents. This is a project for the professionals – pests are smart and could easily get around covers that aren’t professionally installed.
Keep Your Condenser Safe
Small animals can cause incredible damage to your exterior AC condenser. They can chew, scratch, and bite through the system. The best way to avoid this is to keep your condenser clear and clean the area around it on a regular basis. Cut away any vegetation – which can attract pests – and use warm water and soap to clean the area around the condenser as well as the unit itself.
Do you have other questions about keeping pests out of your HVAC system? Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing has been serving the Antelope Valley region for almost 30 years and we’re here and ready to answer all your questions. Call us today at (661) 947-2653 for fast, affordable, and professional service.