How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, 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, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been changed, to name some—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely 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 in your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting 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 Craig's Heating & Cooling in Bountiful 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 lengthen the period of time between specialized cleanings. First and foremost, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Craig's Heating & Cooling. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Craig's Heating & Cooling 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 steps you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Bountiful home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Craig's Heating & Cooling a call at 801-295-3357 or schedule an appointment online.