How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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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 frequently your air filter has been swapped out, 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:

  1. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers carrying out dust?
  4. When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 probably time to ask US Air Heating and Cooling in Rock Hill about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the period of time between expert cleanings.

Mostly importantly, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at US Air Heating and Cooling. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean.

You can also chat with the team at US Air Heating and Cooling 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.
  • Examining your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require exchanging.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Rock Hill home clean and healthy. Give the experts at US Air Heating and Cooling a call at 803-980-4328.

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