How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On average, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may need to have 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 caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection 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 more than likely time to ask Aireforce Heating & Air Inc in Santee about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the amount of time between professional cleanings. First and foremost, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Aireforce Heating & Air Inc. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Aireforce Heating & Air 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Santee home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Aireforce Heating & Air Inc a call at 619-448-2470 or schedule an appointment online.