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 frequently your air filter has been replaced, to name some—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out 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 caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within 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 nestled 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas in Dallas 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 period of time between professional cleanings. Above all, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas. A maintenance check 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 should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas 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 steps you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Dallas home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas a call at 214-261-0034 or set up an appointment online.