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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—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 definitely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam in 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 clatter 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 more than likely time to ask Energy Upgrades, Inc. in San Dimas about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a couple things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the timeline between specialized cleanings. First and foremost, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Energy Upgrades, Inc.. 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 operating well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Energy Upgrades, Inc. 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 routinely and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand changing. Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your San Dimas home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Energy Upgrades, Inc. a call at 626-478-2922 or schedule an appointment online.