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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam in your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting 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 Pro Heating & Cooling LLC in Vancouver 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 lengthen the amount of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC. A maintenance check 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 running efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC about installing an air purification system. We provide 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking 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 require exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Vancouver home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC a call at 360-571-5100 or arrange an appointment online.