How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On average, 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 regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may need to have 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: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling in Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the timeline between specialized cleanings. Above all, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling a call at 816-286-7258 or arrange an appointment online.