How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Generally, 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 require 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 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 an obstruction in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you gaze 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask True Temp Heating & Air Inc in Chatsworth 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 timeline between specialized cleanings. Above all, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at True Temp Heating & Air Inc. A service 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 operating well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at True Temp Heating & Air Inc 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 actions you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Chatsworth home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at True Temp Heating & Air Inc a call at 706-695-7492.