How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 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, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been changed, to name some—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you find out 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: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter 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 probably time to ask Breathe Healthier Air in Stuart 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 period of time between specialized cleanings. First and foremost, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Breathe Healthier Air. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective 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 Breathe Healthier 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 actions you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters habitually 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 need exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Stuart home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Breathe Healthier Air a call at 772-600-7151.