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. Depending 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 frequently. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely 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 inside 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 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 Superior Comfort Systems in Hendersonville 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 amount of time between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Superior Comfort Systems. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Superior Comfort Systems 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 steps you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and replacing 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 enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Hendersonville home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Superior Comfort Systems a call at 828-775-5176 or set up an appointment online.