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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how often your air filter has been replaced, to name some—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you tell 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: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying 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 sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask TemperaturePro® in Englewood 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 timeline between professional cleanings. First and foremost, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at TemperaturePro®. 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 converse with the team at TemperaturePro® about installing an air purification system. We have 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. Inspecting your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Englewood home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at TemperaturePro® a call at 720-446-5100 or arrange an appointment online.