How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

Typically, 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, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you know 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:

  1. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers carrying out dust?
  4. When you check 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 noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. When your vents are fully opened, do any have a smaller amount of airflow than others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Heartland Heating & Cooling in Grimes about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the period of time between specialized cleanings.

Mostly importantly, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Heartland 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 should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also talk to the team at Heartland Heating & Cooling 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 steps you can take include:

  • Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Checking your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require changing.
  • Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Grimes home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Heartland Heating & Cooling a call at 515-344-3579.

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