How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Typically, 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, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been replaced, to name some—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you find out 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 an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you check 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Paso Robles Heating and Air in Paso Robles about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a couple things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the timeline between professional cleanings. Above all, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Paso Robles Heating and Air. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Paso Robles Heating and Air 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 measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Paso Robles home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Paso Robles Heating and Air a call at 805-238-7553 or schedule an appointment online.