May 21, 2019

Pests and HVAC


There are many pests which can inhabit your home. They often hide and set up home in and around your HVAC equipment.

Pests invade your home by gaining entrance through cracks, crevices and tiny holes which may be anywhere around your home from rooftop to basements, doorways and windows.

The points of entry for these pests can also allow heat and air conditioning loss. This can really cost you in higher energy costs. Up to 35% of your heating and air conditioning can be lost through poorly sealed doors and windows, cracks or holes in your ductworks or other openings.

The Pests

There are many pests which cause damage to your home and equipment as well as causing health problems.

PestsPests such as the following can all cause problems. These pests produce waste and dander which can enter your airflow and cause health concerns in addition to damage they can do in your home.

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Snakes
  • Opossums
  • Squirrels
  • Spiders
  • Roaches
  • Ants
  • Bees
  • Bats, etc

The Solution

If you have an infestation you will need to get rid of the pests first. Contracting a pest control service is the most efficient method, though some pests you may be able to get rid of yourself with traps or chemicals.

It is important to make sure the pests are thoroughly removed before protecting you home from future invasions.

Protecting Your Home

There are many things you can do to protect your home from invasive pests as well as help to prevent energy loss:

  • Sealing Doors and Windows– Make sure there are proper seals around your doors and windows. Replace the seals as necessary.
  • Check your insulation- Pests can destroy insulation, Adding Insulationcheck to make sure your insulation is intact and sufficient. Add insulation if needed. Adding radiant heat barriers to attic ceilings can also help with heat loss. This is a relatively inexpensive protection that make a big difference in energy costs.
  • Clean areas around your HVAC equipment inside and outside units. Keep the areas free of debris and dirt.
  • Check the external structure of your house for any cracks or holes, particularly around soffits, piping, wiring, etc. Seal up any holes or cracks found.

How to Find Air Leaks

Calibrated Door Blower TestOne sure way to discover leaks in your home is with a Calibrated Door Test. This will locate areas where air enters or escapes throughout your home. It is not necessary in every situation, but if you cannot detect any cracks, holes, seal issues then it can be a good thing to try.

Air Doctor Heating and Air is always here to help you with any questions or concerns with your HVAC equipment or your HVAC energy efficiency.


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