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. 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 swapped out, to name a few—you may adjust your 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 certainly some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear sound 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 more than likely time to ask All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Huntsville 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 lengthen the period of time between specialized cleanings. First and foremost, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc about installing an air purification system. We have 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. Examining your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Huntsville home clean and healthy. Give the pros at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc a call at 256-801-4701 or schedule an appointment online.