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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you tell 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 coated with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a jam in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers wafting out dust?
  4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents nestled 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 less airflow than others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask House of Heating Incorporated in Marshfield 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 extend the timeline between specialized cleanings.

Above all, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at House of Heating Incorporated. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential 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 House of Heating Incorporated 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 steps you can take include:

  • Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need changing.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Marshfield home clean and healthy. Give the pros at House of Heating Incorporated a call at 888-384-3163.

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