One of our customers recently had a problem with bugs (they suspected baby mosquitos) inside their home. These tiny bugs kept dying by the upstairs windows of their home as if they were trying to escape but couldn't get out. Now, you might think "why are we talking about bugs on an HVAC website?" While a bad case of bugs may definitely be a reason to call your local bug man, it may also be time to take a look at your Cary HVAC to see if insects are nestled in your ductwork or the furnace flue. If they are, you may have provided the perfect breeding ground for insects.
How do bugs and mosquitoes get inside your home?
One of the most obvious ways that bugs get inside your home is that you (or your kids, husband, wife unloading the groceries, etc) leave the door open way too long. However, there are even easier ways for bugs and mosquitoes to get in your home that have nothing to do with human error: unsealed ducts.
Mosquitoes, in particular, will find their way in through your ductwork and then sense you out by finding the carbon dioxide that you and/or your pets are exhaling. If you're lucky, a pregnant mosquito will fly into your home and create even more tiny problems.
So, how do you prevent this from happening?
Prevent Bugs and Mosquitoes from Getting in Your Cary HVAC by Getting Your Air Ducts Sealed!
Sealing your ductwork will not only prevent bugs, mosquitoes, and other creepy crawlies from getting into your home but will also save you money on your energy bill by improving indoor air quality. Bugs inside your home is gross enough, but leaks in your air ducts can cost real money.
Furthermore, leaks in your air ducts can also spread dust and other pollutants throughout your home when your Cary HVAC is running. No one needs to breathe in nasty air if it can be prevented.
Prevent Bugs and Mosquitoes from Getting in Your Cary HVAC by Watching Your Drainpipe!
This year looks as if it's going to be a heavy hurricane season, which means a lot of rain and extra humidity. As such, your Cary HVAC will be draining more water than usual through your drainpipes for your air conditioner to run efficiently.
Pay attention to the area surrounding your drain pipes - specifically the ground. Standing water attracts mosquitoes, and female mosquitoes will use that standing water (or even heavily moistured ground) to lay their eggs. See where we're going with this? Avoid standing water and high moisture areas near your home at all costs. If you find that water is not draining well on its own, you may want to add rocks or sand to the drainage area to suffocate any larvae and discourage future bugs from residing near your home.
Prevent Bugs and Mosquitoes from Getting in Your Cary HVAC by Installing a Bug-Proof Cover over the Furnace Vent!
This point is specific to gas furnaces, but if you have a "bug problem" and you have a gas furnace, you may find this useful. The vent for a gas furnace almost always exits on the roof of a home. If that vent is not covered, it's basically an open door to bugs and mosquitoes and makes it 100x easier for them to get into your Cary HVAC system.
The easiest way to solve this problem is to install a bug-proof cover over the furnace vent. This will not only prevent future mosquito invasions from occurring (your body will thank you for the scratching break), but will also help your Cary HVAC system run more efficiently.
If you need more information on how to prevent bugs and mosquitos from taking over your HVAC system, be sure to call Choice HVAC at 919-435-2711 and we'll be happy to review all of your options.