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, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 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 more than likely time to ask Dynamic Comfort Solutions in Locust 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 expert cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Dynamic Comfort Solutions. A tune-up 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 efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Dynamic Comfort Solutions 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: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Locust home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Dynamic Comfort Solutions a call at 704-485-5506 or arrange an appointment online.