Most homeowners and property managers don’t give a thought that there might be bugs in your heating and air conditioning system at your commercial property or home. Fortunately, it is not very difficult to keep these sorts of pests out of your system. We recommend a few simple tips:
Address Cracks or Gaps In Your System
Cracks and gaps can develop in your HVAC system due to the home settling, earthquakes, or an inexperienced technician messing around. When the cracks and/or gaps occur, the bugs can can enter right into the system itself. When you find any of these openings, make sure they are filled before they can get in (or more can get in).
In Particular, Inspect The Ductwork
Very often, various insects and arachnids (spiders) get into your heating and air conditioning equipment is through your home or property’s ductwork. Again, you want to fill in any gaps or tears in order to keep them out. Always check for loose connections and areas of rust and corrosion.
Cut Back Any Vegetation Near Your Outdoor Unit
Generally speaking, bugs and spiders are attracted to vegetation. If plants, grass, or other vegetation are close to your HVAC outdoor units of your system, these critters can find their way into your ducts and equipment. We recommend that you cut back and maintain at least two feet of vegetation-free cleared space around each side of the the outdoor portion of your system. Not only will this help with bug control, you will also be ensuring sufficient air flow for the unit itself to operate properly.
Repair or Replace Screens on Exterior Vents
If the screens on any outside vents are missing, torn deteriorating, this sets up a perfect way for bugs (not to mention birds) to get into your system. This is an inexpensive and easy way to help keep pests out that don’t belong in your system.
Keep the System Clean
Bugs often find their way into an HVAC system and its components, and the result can be a lower air quality. Keeping the system and components clean requires periodic maintenance which can also check for any infestations that may occur. Of particular concern is the air filters, which need to be changed at least every month or two.
We would be happy to advise you or to check out any situation you may have with bugs in your HVAC equipment. Also, if you have any questions or need related to heating, cooling, or indoor air quality, please reach out to us at Ventura Air Conditioning and Heating Repair.