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, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name some—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home 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 less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Air Temperature Control in Macon about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the timeline between specialized cleanings. Above all, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Air Temperature Control. A tune-up 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 operating efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Air Temperature Control 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. Examining your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Macon home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Air Temperature Control a call at 478-784-1109 or set up an appointment online.