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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how often 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 find out 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 caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check 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 clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Service Plus Mechanical in Aurora 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 timeline between specialized cleanings. First and foremost, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Service Plus Mechanical. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Service Plus Mechanical 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Aurora home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Service Plus Mechanical a call at 630-473-4749 or schedule an appointment online.