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In Sarasota, Florida, we rely on our HVAC system to keep our homes cool and dehumidified during the long hot summer. Regular HVAC system maintenance includes keeping pests out so they don’t damage sensitive and expensive heating and cooling equipment. Read on for ways to help prevent an infestation.

Seal Holes and Cracks in Your HVAC System

Mice can find the smallest gap in the attic or crawl space and work their way inside. If your ductwork has holes, it’s vulnerable to mice using it as a passageway or even creating a nest inside from insulation or other debris. You may notice a putrid smell emanating from the ductwork as the air passes over their nests. It will be especially noticeable if they die anywhere near the HVAC.

The best prevention against mice accessing your ductwork is to have a professional inspect and seal any access points. If you’ve had an infestation, a professional duct cleaning will help rid your system of any evidence.

Periodically Inspect the Outside HVAC System Unit

The metal grates that cover the coils on the condenser are vulnerable to insect nests, especially if there is yard waste or dirt that accumulates over time. Ants find their way into dirt mounds and piles can hold standing water on the pad to invite mosquitos. Be sure your condenser is always free of debris, both to discourage pests and to ensure your unit is running efficiently. You can spray it gently with a garden hose and use a mild soap if necessary.

Prevent Dust Mites Indoors

To keep your indoor air quality free of microscopic respiratory irritations, change your air filters diligently. You can’t see dust mites, but they can cause allergic reactions. They live in your upholstery, carpet, and bed linens. Keep those areas regularly cleaned is doing your part, but you may also consider an air purifier as part of your HVAC system to trap up to 95% of airborne pollutants.

All pest inspections are part of a yearly maintenance plan at Aqua Plumbing and Air. Call us today at 941-306-3715.

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