With an abundance of food, access to water, and plenty of dark corners to build a nest in, our homes are every pest’s dream paradise. As such, pests are constantly hunting for new avenues of entry into our abodes. Crawling under doors, squeezing through cracks, descending chimneys — pests will use any and all opportunities they’re given to infiltrate a home. One of the most common ways pests creep into our homes is by sneaking through the HVAC ductwork. Worse yet, pests can damage HVAC components over time, meaning you could end up having to pay for HVAC repairsand an exterminator.

Don’t let pests use your HVAC system as a front door. Utilize these tips from our HVAC company, Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning, to keep pests at bay.

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Outdoor AC Unit

Seal Vents & Ducts Properly

Dryer vents, attic vents, soffits, and other exterior air vents are ideal entryways for pests hoping to infiltrate a home. In particular, small bugs and spiders commonly use exterior vents as their primary mode of entry. To combat this, homeowners can install mesh wire screens on their vents. Additionally, homeowners should consider having their ductwork inspected for any glaring cracks or gaps. Even the smallest of holes grant pests easier access into an HVAC system, and remediating such openings will better protect your home from infestation.

Landscape Around Outdoor Unit

As it’s located in the great outdoors, a home’s exterior AC unit is the most susceptible to being infested by pests. Many insects, such as ants, are drawn to the electromagnetic field produced by the AC unit’s condenser. Some pests may even decide to settle down and build a nest in the outdoor unit. Fortunately, by trimming back any nearby shrubs, tree branches, or tall grass that could act as a bridge between pests on the ground and your AC unit, you can limit the likelihood of an infestation. Also, homeowners should check to ensure their outdoor unit is sitting on a raised concrete slab. If it isn't, homeowners should consider having one installed. 

Schedule Routine HVAC Maintenance

The most effective way to defend your HVAC system from pests and the many problems they bring with them is by scheduling regular maintenance from our experienced HVAC contractors. Here at Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we make it easy for homeowners to ensure their HVAC system is receiving the attention and care it needs by offering a planned maintenance program. During a regularly scheduled maintenance visit, our skilled HVAC technicians will inspect your ductwork for evidence of wear and tear, remove leaves and other debris from your outdoor AC unit, clean the unit’s condenser coil, and identify problem areas throughout your HVAC system that pests may be using as entry points. Contact us today to learn more about the many benefits of our HVAC maintenance program!