How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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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 regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some significant 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 within your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers wafting out dust?
  4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup 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 most likely time to ask E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service in East Bernard 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 prolong the timeline between specialized cleanings.

First and foremost, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service 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 routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display 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.
  • Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your East Bernard home clean and healthy. Give the experts at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service a call at 979-335-4262 or arrange an appointment online.

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