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Preventing Pest Access Via HVAC System

January 18th, 2019

preventing pest access hvacOne simple reality of any HVAC system, whether in a home or business, is that it will have some connection to the outdoors. Air has to be exchanged between outdoors and indoors as part of basic heating and cooling operations, and this does present at least the theoretical risk of various outdoor critters – from tiny pests to larger rodents – attempting to invade.

Luckily, the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air are here to help prevent this from happening to you during our various heating maintenance services. Let’s go over a few of the broad basics on pests and your home, plus how you can prevent them from invading through various HVAC-related channels.

Pests, Warmth and Indoor Locations

In general, most pests and rodents are always on the hunt for warmth and food – especially during the winter when these are less available in outdoor areas. They will go to great lengths to seek out warm areas that provide moisture and any scraps of food they can find, and when it gets cold, this often means they look to your home for refuge.

Your exact pest risks may vary based on your area or other factors, but your HVAC system has several characteristics they’ll often go for. They love to flock to moisture areas, such as leaking water heaters. Some of them are capable of chewing through significant materials, as well, meaning you have to keep yourself protected. Our next section will go over just how you can go about this.

Tips for HVAC-Related Pest Prevention

A few basic tips we can recommend for keeping your HVAC system fully protected from any pests or other invaders, both during this winter and throughout the year:

  • Seal off entry points: One of the primary aspects of our heating and air services is inspections, and one element of these inspections is checking for entry points where air might be able to get in – but also various pests. We can help you with everything from protective screens to pinpointing draft areas, which may point you to the cracks or openings where pests are entering and allow you to seal them off effectively.
  • Ductwork: Duct material can wear down over time, particularly if you have any duct tape on your vents. Make sure you regularly check your ducts for leaks, as several pests may look to nest in them if you don’t.
  • Moisture: Any puddling water is an invitation for certain pests to gather and breed, so look to prevent this however you can. Seal outdoor areas and use dehumidifiers if certain areas of your home are too humid generally.
  • Pest control and inspections: Basic pest inspections and spraying can go a long way here, as can basic HVAC inspections to ensure your system doesn’t have any easy openings for pests.

For more on preventing pest access through your HVAC system, or to learn about any of our other HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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All About Sump Pumps  

October 22nd, 2018

slightly-used-sump-pumpWhen it comes to flooding and heavy rains, it might seem like there’s little hope for your property. After all, there’s very little anyone can do about the forces of nature. However, sump pumps can do more than a little to help your home suffer from water damage during these harsh conditions. Below, we’ll explain in detail how sump pumps work and the kinds that are available on the market.

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Are Tankless Water Heaters Truly More Efficient?

October 8th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterYou may have heard all kinds of things about the efficiency and performance of tankless water heaters, especially if you’re doing your research into water heater upgrades. You might have a tank water heater right now, or maybe you’re just wondering if your tankless water heater is really the best choice for your home.

If you’re debating whether a tankless water heater is truly the most efficient option for your home, we’ll help you figure it out below.

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3 Unexpected Reasons Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Working

September 24th, 2018

blue-question-markIs your air conditioner simply not working the way it’s supposed to? Or maybe it seems to be working fine, but your recent energy bill tells a different story. If you’re not noticing anything obvious that would lead to your AC’s poor performance, it could be something you’d never expect, such as:

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Should I Install a Furnace or Boiler?

September 10th, 2018

radiatorIf your only concern is whether your home is being heated or not—and whether the monthly energy bill is staying at a reasonable rate—you may not have given much thought to how your heating system works. But even if you’re already satisfied with the system inside your home, it won’t hurt to know how furnaces and boilers work. And when it comes time to replace your current heating system in Salt Lake City, UT, you might find that one is more suited for your needs than the other. In this post, we’ll break down some differences between the two to help you decide.

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Be Careful When Living With Old Pipes in Your Plumbing

August 27th, 2018

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If your home is old and you know that it has old pipes, you should also know getting them replaced as soon as possible will be the best choice for your health and to prevent any future plumbing disasters. However, we’re not here to lecture you.

Actually, we are, just a little bit. At the very least, there’s a chance that being aware of why old pipes are bad for your home could be very helpful to you, either now or in the future. In this post, we’ll explain just a few reasons that old pipes could be trouble if not dealt with.

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The Problem with Improperly Sized Air Conditioners

August 13th, 2018

outdoor-ac-unitImproperly sized air conditioners is a surprisingly common problem. Unfortunately, the problem is always due to the negligence of the HVAC technician who installed it, and you’re the one who has to pay for it. In this post, we’ll explain why it’s so important to make sure your HVAC contractor in Salt Lake City, UT takes all the proper considerations into sizing your unit.

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Your Guide to Air Conditioner Coils

July 30th, 2018

air-conditioner-evaporator-coilWhenever you’re dealing with refrigerant-based air conditioners, you’re bound to hear about coils. But just what are they? In this post, we’ll go over what they are, their purpose, and how to keep them out of trouble.

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Everything You Need to Know About Hard Water

July 16th, 2018

water-softener-tankMost people have heard of hard water and know that it’s not any good for your home. But fewer people understand exactly where hard water comes from and how it causes damage. In this post, we’ll go over all of the above to make you a professional on the subject.

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What to Do About Water Heater Sediment Buildup

July 2nd, 2018

Every appliance in your household goes through wear-and-tear, and often requires a thorough cleaning. Although it’s easy to forget about it, your water heater is also another one of those appliances. One of the most common issues for water heaters in Salt Lake City is sediment buildup. In this post, we’ll tell you all about it, the dangers, and what you can do.

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