How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts need to be cleaned at least once every three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs that you should watch for.

Look for these clues:
1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others?
2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow?
3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?
4. When you look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?
5. Have pests or rodents created a home in your ductwork?
6. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?
7. Are your registers blowing out dust?

If you said “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
While professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional cleanings.

Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the professionals at US Air Heating and Cooling. A regular evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Examining your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.

The team at US Air Heating and Cooling can also help you learn about air purification systems. 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. Installing one of these systems can also help keep your ducts clean.

Other ways you can help maintain your ducts:
• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from spaces such as your attic.
• Check your air filters often and switch them out when required.
• Regularly dust and vacuum your home.
• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition.

Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Rock Hill home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at US Air Heating and Cooling at 803-220-0761 or make an appointment online.
 
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