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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may adjust your 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 telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter 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 more than likely time to ask McFadden Heating & Cooling in Dresden 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 professional cleanings. First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at McFadden Heating & Cooling. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at McFadden Heating & Cooling 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 actions you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Dresden home clean and healthy. Give the experts at McFadden Heating & Cooling a call at 1-866-781-0111 or schedule an appointment online.