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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection 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 more than likely time to ask Air Quality Solutions in Grove City 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 specialized cleanings. First and foremost, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Air Quality Solutions. A service 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 operating well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Air Quality Solutions 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: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Grove City home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Air Quality Solutions a call at 614-871-4144 or schedule an appointment online.