How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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Typically, 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 often your air filter has been changed, to name some—you may require 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 definitely some revealing 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 wafting out dust?
  4. When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear sound 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 probably time to ask 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest 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 period of time between specialized cleanings.

Above all, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. 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 well, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 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 actions you can take include:

  • Consistently 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 replacement.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic.
  • Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Lake Forest home clean and healthy. Give the experts at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 949-204-0859.

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