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, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may require air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam in your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning in Ballwin 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 prolong the amount of time between specialized cleanings. Above all, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Holiday 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Ballwin home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 636-391-7377 or arrange an appointment online.