How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

February 09, 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, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. 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:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there an obstruction inside your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers wafting out dust?
  4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents found shelter 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 Gillman Heating and Air in Perry 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.

Above all, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Gillman Heating and Air. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at Gillman Heating and Air about installing an air purification system. We offer 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:

  • Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand changing.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Perry home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Gillman Heating and Air a call at 478-202-3076.