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 regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may require 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 significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam in 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 Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing in Selbyville 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 professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing 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 steps you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Selbyville home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing a call at 302-436-2922 or arrange an appointment online.