How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On 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, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some telltale 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 blowing 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 probably time to ask Cool Air Solutions in Murrieta 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 extend the period of time between expert cleanings. First and foremost, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Cool Air Solutions. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Cool Air Solutions 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 actions you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Murrieta home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Cool Air Solutions a call at 951-676-2665 or schedule an appointment online.