The family of mice living in your backyard may be kind of cute, but that
doesn’t mean you want them coming anywhere near the interior of
your home. Although you may think you have the critters under control,
they could be hiding out in your home in one of the coziest and discreet
places of all – your air ducts.
Especially during the winter, when your air ducts provide a warm escape
from the cold outdoor air, mice, rats and other small mammals love nothing
more than a cozy duct to cuddle up in. While you may not be opposed to
sharing your living space, animals can cause serious damage inside ductwork,
so it’s important to keep them out. Here’s how you can prevent
your ducts from becoming a petting zoo.
How Critters Harm Your AC
When animals get inside your ductwork, it won’t take long before
they realize, “maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.”
In search of food, they’ll likely start to nibble through your ducts,
creating holes and cracks that allow air to escape.
If the animals don’t find their way out soon enough and actually
end up inhabiting your ducts, their waste could have a seriously negative
impact on your indoor air quality. Even worse, if anything ends up dying
inside your ducts, your house will soon be filled with the putrid odor of decay!
How to Keep Critters Out of Your Ductwork
Set traps: If you know animals are moving in and out of your air ducts, you can attempt
to catch them in their tracks. You can set up traps with aromatic foods
like cheese or even peanut butter, and release the critters back into
the great outdoors.
Keep your ducts sealed: Ducts with pre-existing cracks and holes will be more susceptible to animals
crawling inside them, so make sure everything is properly sealed. An AC
professional will be able to inspect the length of your ductwork to check
for issues and make sure everything fits together tightly.
Get preventative maintenance: There’s no better way to keep your entire AC system clean and running
smoothly than with professional
preventative maintenance. When an AC technician comes to perform maintenance on your AC, they’ll
check the entire system to makes sure everything is working properly and
inform you of any potential risks. Plus, maintenance helps prevent costly
breakdowns and can even lower your energy bills.
Sea Coast Can Help Keep the Critters Out
Whether you need a ductwork repair or you’re interested in scheduling
preventative maintenance, Sea Coast Air Conditioning has you covered.
Give us a call or
schedule a service online today to keep you ducts critter-free.