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, whether or not you have pets, and how often your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may need to have 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 coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection 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 most likely time to ask Cooler Tymes LLC in Litchfield Park 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 prolong the period of time between expert cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Cooler Tymes LLC. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Cooler Tymes LLC 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: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Litchfield Park home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Cooler Tymes LLC a call at 623-206-6770 or schedule an appointment online.