NPR and other news sources have reported on the imminent arrival of a large number of cicadas this year. Unlike annual cicadas, which emerge each year, these types of cicadas are periodical insects. This means that they emerge on cycles that span 13 or 17 years. The cicadas expected this year are from a 17-year cycle brood known as Brood X (pronounced ten). Protecting your cooling system components from the effects of cicada infestations is critical to ensure comfortable temperatures this summer in your Indiana home. Here are three practical steps you can take to prevent cicadas from damaging your HVAC system and affecting your indoor comfort.
Clean Your Outdoor Units
Cicadas may be attracted to the noise produced by your outdoor condenser or compressor. Taking time to clean this HVAC component at least once a week can reduce the stress and strain on your outdoor cooling unit. You can often accomplish this task easily by attaching a sprayer to your garden hose and gently washing down your compressor thoroughly to eliminate dirt, vegetation and insects from this key piece of your cooling system.
Change Your HVAC Air Filters
To prevent cicadas from affecting your indoor air quality, consider changing your air filters more frequently. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, poor air quality can cause a wide range of medical issues for vulnerable individuals. Additionally, a dirty air filter can cause damage to the mechanical components of your heating and cooling system. Your local HVAC contractor can provide you with expert recommendations on the right air filter options for your system and your air quality requirements.
Schedule Routine Maintenance
Making an appointment for a checkup of your air conditioning system can ensure that cicadas and other risk factors do not take a toll on your HVAC equipment. This can reduce the risk of breakdowns and the need for emergency repair services in the Western Hills, Indiana, area.
The friendly and courteous NATE-certified technicians at Western Hills Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can deliver the best solutions for your home heating and cooling systems in Western Hills and all the surrounding communities. If you need repairs, replacements or HVAC maintenance services, we are here to serve your needs with the most practical and cost-effective solutions for your needs. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our team. We look forward to the chance to serve you.