How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how often your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork? Can you hear sound 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 probably time to ask Branson HVAC, LLC in Ridgedale and the Branson area 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. First and foremost, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Branson HVAC, LLC. A service 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 operating effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Branson HVAC, 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 regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Ridgedale and the Branson area home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Branson HVAC, LLC a call at 417-319-1779.