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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a few—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 revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam inside 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 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 more than likely time to ask Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning in Saint Marys 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 timeline between professional cleanings. Above all, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Saint Marys home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 912-208-2470.