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, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell 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 in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you check 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 noise 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 Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax 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 timeline between expert cleanings. Above all, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Ackerman 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 measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Colfax home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 509-397-3622 or schedule an appointment online.