How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 On average, 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, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may require air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some revealing 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 carrying out dust? When you check 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 clatter 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 probably time to ask Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC in Booneville 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 prolong the timeline between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC. A tune-up 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 functioning well, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC 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 measures you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Booneville home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC a call at 662-269-8716.