How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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Generally, 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 frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may require air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely 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 a blockage within your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear clatter 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 more than likely time to ask Premier HVAC Services LLC in Greencastle 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 prolong the amount of time between specialized cleanings.

Mostly importantly, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Premier HVAC Services LLC. A tune-up 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 running effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at Premier HVAC Services LLC 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 steps you can take include:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not demand changing.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Greencastle home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Premier HVAC Services LLC a call at 717-597-9900 or set up an appointment online.

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