Ways to Safeguard Your HVAC from Home Pests

Ways to Safeguard Your HVAC from Home Pests

Here in Monmouth County, there are a wide variety of home pests that can wreak havoc on your HVAC equipment if you don’t stay vigilante. A pest invasion or infestation can cause serious HVAC problems that include:

  • Damaged equipment. Mice, rates, squirrels, chipmunks and other rodents can set up housekeeping inside the outdoor unit cabinet and cause considerable, costly damage by chewing and shredding electrical wiring and other components.
  • Contaminated ductwork. Snakes, bugs and rodents that live and expire in your HVAC ducting can introduce allergens, bacteria and contagious diseases into your home’s air supply, causing awful odors and health risks.
  • Obstructed flue. If a larger pest or a bird becomes trapped in the furnace flue, combustion fumes containing deadly carbon monoxide can back up into your home when you run the heating system.

Tips to Keep Pests Out of Your HVAC

Here are some effective suggestions that can help your protect your HVAC equipment and home from pests and potential hazards and harm:

  • Screen exterior vents/air intakes and the furnace flue. Any such openings give insects and animals an easy way to invade your HVAC system. Installing screens on each opening will help keep pests out, but let combustion fumes escape and maintain essential system airflow.
  • Keep the outdoor unit surroundings tidy. Pests can easily hide in tall vegetation, so you’ll find it easier to discourage snakes, insects and rodents from invading your outdoor unit by keeping the surrounding area clear of yard debris, and regularly trimming back nearby grass and greenery.
  • Check the condition of your ductwork. Damaged, crushed or disconnected sections and cracks/gaps in the ductwork can allow pests to enter and set up a cozy home. You can avoid pest-related problems and preserve your home’s air quality by getting the ducts inspected, repaired and sealed if necessary
  • Schedule regular HVAC maintenance. A yearly preventive maintenance visit gives you an opportunity to learn about any new pest problems and get any damage repaired too.

For personalized help solving problems with home pests in your HVAC system, or to schedule preventive maintenance, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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