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 often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you know 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 an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying 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 sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning in Sylmar 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 lengthen the amount of time between expert cleanings. Mostly importantly, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning. A maintenance check 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 may help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning 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 regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow 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 Sylmar home clean and healthy. Give the experts at American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 818-275-0897.