How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

Typically, 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 replaced, to name a few—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some telltale 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 blockage 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 nestled in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear sound 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 True Heating & Cooling in Westminster 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 extend the period of time between professional cleanings.

Above all, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at True Heating & Cooling. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also chat with the team at True Heating & Cooling about installing an air purification system. We offer 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 regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require changing.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Westminster home clean and healthy. Give the experts at True Heating & Cooling a call at 720-316-1898.

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