Generally, 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, how many pets you have, and how often your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may need to have air duct cleaning
more or less regularly. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some telltale signs when it’s time.
Look for these clues:
- Are your cold air returns coated 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 clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
- 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 Air Temperature Control in Macon 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 amount of time between professional cleanings.
Above all, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Air Temperature Control. A service 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 efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean.
You can also chat with the team at Air Temperature Control 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:
- Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
- Inspecting your air filters habitually and replacing 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 drips in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic.
- Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation.
With an expert 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 478-202-3170.