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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—you may need to have 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 revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Airtronic Heating & Cooling in Redford 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, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Airtronic Heating & Cooling. 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 efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Airtronic Heating & Cooling about installing an air purification system. We have 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. Inspecting your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand replacement. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Redford home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Airtronic Heating & Cooling a call at 313-230-4053.