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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—you may adjust your 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 certainly some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear noise 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 most likely time to ask Arrings A/C & Heating 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 lengthen the period of time between expert cleanings. First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Arrings A/C & Heating. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Arrings A/C & Heating 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 measures you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters routinely and changing 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 exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Humble home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Arrings A/C & Heating a call at 281-713-8304 or schedule an appointment online.