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Keep the Bugs Out This Memorial Day by Using Your AC

Memorial Day BBQ
May 27, 2018

Memorial Day is a time when we remember and honor those who have died serving our country in the military. Not only is it a day of remembrance, it’s a day that friends and families come together and celebrate with cookouts, gatherings, and other fun outdoor activities. If there’s one thing that can put a damper on fun, it’s the small, unwelcome guests that raid the picnic table. Mosquitoes and other bugs can certainly ruin a BBQ, but it’s an even bigger problem if they make their way inside your home. To stay cool and keep the bugs out this summer, here are a few things that you can do.

Are You Near Still Water?

Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, as well as other insects. You may want to keep the windows open and enjoy the nice weather, but if you don’t have sturdy screens in place you may want to reconsider. These small bugs are capable of flying or crawling through the smallest of holes in search for food – whether they want your meal, or you! Some bugs will inevitably find their way inside, but if you notice an increase, you should switch on your AC.

Make Your AC Bug Proof

If you have a window unit, be sure that the edges are secure and that no gaps are present. Because they sit directly on your windowsill and connect in through your window, their shape can be compromised. If bugs are still making their way in, consider the following:

  • Improper installation. Make sure that your unit has been properly installed and that no parts are broken, warped, or missing.
  • Seal the gaps. For gaps that won;t go away, use some foam installation strips and duct tape.

Different Models Make a Difference

If your window unit continues to let the critters in, you may want to consider an alternative. If central air isn’t a possibility for you, you should consider a ductless mini split installation. With two small pieces, an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, ductless mini split systems are ideal for heating rooms or designated zones of your home-without letting the bugs in. Other benefits include:

  • More control by only cooling or heating the rooms you want, and not your entire home
  • Cutting down your utility bill
  • Using less energy than electricity or oil
  • Improved quality air circulation from room to room
  • Decreasing the amount of allergens in the air
  • Improved aesthetics since a ductless mini-split system only requires a three-inch hole cut in your outside wall

To keep the bugs out and stay cool all spring and summer long, call Custom Climate HVAC. Enjoy your Memorial Day – we’ve got you covered!