How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On average, 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 swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know 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 an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check 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 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 probably time to ask Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley 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 period of time between professional cleanings. Above all, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning 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 steps you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your West Valley home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-305-4777 or arrange an appointment online.