How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly 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 blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork? Can you hear sound 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 Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. in Branchville about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the timeline between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc.. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. 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. Examining your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Branchville home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. a call at 862-345-6896.