Is Your Air Conditioning Letting in Pests?

Given the part of the country we live in, we love our climate control systems, especially during those brutally hot Florida summer days that we all love so much. However, in order for your system to work, there needs to be some sort of an exchange between outdoor and indoor air. While that all makes sense, there can be a downside. Namely, a tiny opening in your HVAC system is like a neon sign welcoming pests into your home. A system that’s properly maintained should have plenty of safeguards, but outdoor critters don’t need much room to exploit an opening. As specialists in air conditioning repair in Gainesville, this is an issue we see frequently.

That’s the bad news, and here’s the worse news. Recently, Bloomberg had an article about the American Housing Survey. This tracks all kinds of useful information about our country’s housing supply, and one of the bits of data they mentioned is what kinds of vermin congregate where. While rats typically prefer colder climates and cities that are older, cockroaches adore warm and wet climates like ours.

By now, you might be thinking that air conditioning and pest control are two totally separate issues. But consider these ways in which they overlap. First, when pests leave behind skin cells, saliva, and droppings, all of those can be difficult for people living with respiratory issues like asthma. Plus, pests can occasionally use the components of your system as a makeshift home. There are a few things you can do to make it harder for pests while ensuring your air conditioning system continues to work efficiently.

  • Nothing lasts forever, and that’s just as true when it comes to the air ducts in your home. As time goes on, if they aren’t attended to, they will gradually degrade and eventually fail. Gaps within your duct work will not only waste energy but give critters a convenient pathway.
  • Pests need water to live, and if there are areas outside where water collects, that’s like laying out the welcome mat. If you see water pooling, particularly near your a/c unit, consider using dehumidifiers in the area or filling in the moisture with dirt or sand.
  • Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to catch a problem, particularly before it spirals out of control. Get into the habit of scheduling regular appointments to have your air conditioning system checked and tuned up. You can do the same with a reputable pest control company, and semi-annual inspections and spraying on your property is a great way to drastically reduce the odds of an infestation.
  • If cockroaches and other vermin are coming in, it only makes sense to block their points of entry. On the one hand, if you’re having a pest issue now, get in touch with a pest control professional. They can track down the entry point and install protective screens upon vents to stop access. Your HVAC technicians can do much the same thing, and if they discover drafts, they can be repaired and fully blocked off.

If you think there might be a problem, or if you’re simply overdue for an air conditioning check-up, don’t wait until a problem comes up. Call the friendly professionals at North Central Florida Heating and Air today!

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