How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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Generally, 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, how many pets you have, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may need to have 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 absolutely some revealing signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a jam in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers carrying out dust?
  4. When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 probably time to ask AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC in Northwest Arkansas 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 amount of time between specialized cleanings.

Mostly importantly, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include 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 talk to the team at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC about installing an air purification system. We have 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:

  • Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Examining your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require changing.
  • Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Northwest Arkansas home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC a call at 479-226-8196.

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