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, how many pets you have, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, 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 gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup 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 most likely time to ask Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City 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 lengthen the timeline between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Anderson Heating & A/C. A tune-up 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 running efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Anderson Heating & A/C 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 actions you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let 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 Carson City home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Anderson Heating & A/C a call at 775-882-8154 or set up an appointment online.