How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

February 09, 2017

 

Generally, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some revealing signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a jam inside your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. When your vents are fully opened, do any have a smaller amount of airflow than others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces in Alliance about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the amount of time between professional cleanings.

First and foremost, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean.

You can also talk to the team at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces about installing an air purification system. We have the Lennox PureAir Air Purification System, Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filtration System and Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Lights.

Other measures you can take include:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need replacement.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Alliance home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces a call at 308-646-3827.