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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may require 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 telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled 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 Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera 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 period of time between professional cleanings. Above all, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc.. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand replacement. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Madera home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call at 559-675-1681 or set up an appointment online.