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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how often your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out 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 caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze 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 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 B&W Services in Royse City about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the period of time between professional cleanings. First and foremost, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at B&W Services. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at B&W Services 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 measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Royse City home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at B&W Services a call at 972-695-2264.