How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Typically, 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 frequently your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you tell 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: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Humble about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the period of time between expert cleanings. First and foremost, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Air Houston Mechanical LLC. A maintenance check 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 running well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Air Houston Mechanical LLC 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 measures you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Humble home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Air Houston Mechanical LLC a call at 832-777-1521 or set up an appointment online.