How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

Generally, 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 some—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 certainly some revealing signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Rescue Heating & Air in Alice 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 prolong the amount of time between professional cleanings.

First and foremost, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Rescue Heating & Air . 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 well, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also chat with the team at Rescue Heating & Air 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:

  • Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Examining your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need exchanging.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Alice home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Rescue Heating & Air a call at 361-265-4371.

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