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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how often your air filter has been replaced, to name some—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 certainly 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 blockage in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you look 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 clatter 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 most likely time to ask Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica 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 lengthen the timeline between specialized cleanings. Above all, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc.. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. 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 measures you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Utica home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call at 586-731-0950 or set up an appointment online.