When HVAC and Bugs Collide

When HVAC and Bugs Collide

Jan 10, 2020
When HVAC and Bugs Collide

When HVAC and Bugs CollideBeautiful skies and warm weather aren’t the only things that spring ushers in around Orlando. The advent of spring also brings the bugs back in full force. The eternal pursuit of food and shelter can lead bugs straight into your HVAC system, especially if the conditions for an unwanted invasion are right.

How Bugs Enter Your HVAC System

When it comes to bug removal, it’s important to understand how bugs get into your HVAC system in the first place. The average HVAC unit is bristling with gaps and holes for bugs to conveniently crawl through. Common pests like cockroaches, silverfish and ants are small and flexible enough to go through even the smallest of gaps.

Once inside, bugs can wreak havoc on your HVAC system and your home. Unchecked pest problems can lead to bugs taking over entire HVAC units. Certain bugs can eat through and damage ductwork, filters and existing seals inside the unit.

How Routine Maintenance Controls Bugs

Having your HVAC system checked out on a regular basis can help keep the bugs at bay. Routine maintenance gives technicians a chance to inspect the unit for any signs of bug infestation and take corrective steps, if necessary. A clean, well-kept HVAC system is one that’s less likely to suffer a wide-scale bug invasion.

Simple Precautions to Consider

Here are a few small steps you can take to keep bugs out of your HVAC system:

  • Find and seal all cracks and gaps. Anywhere bugs can squeeze through should be sealed up or blocked.
  • Block exhaust vents against pests. Placing fine wire mesh over exhaust vents can help block most bugs.
  • Maintain at least 2 feet of clearance around the HVAC unit. Keeping vegetation at bay will deny bugs cover for an HVAC invasion.
  • Don’t use pesticides inside the HVAC unit. Doing so could spread toxic fumes throughout your home.

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