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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, 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 absolutely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage 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 made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Scott Temperature in Lawrence 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 prolong the period of time between professional cleanings. Above all, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Scott Temperature. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Scott Temperature 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 actions you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to enter 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 Lawrence home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Scott Temperature a call at 785-843-2244 or set up an appointment online.