How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 On average, 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, whether or not you have pets, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 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 Assured Appliance and Heating & Air in Genoa about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a couple things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the period of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air. A tune-up 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 operating efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air about installing an air purification system. We provide 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 steps you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Genoa home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air a call at 847-306-8990.