How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Typically, 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 regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you tell 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 blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting 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 noise 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 probably time to ask Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the amount of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Abilene Air-Tech Inc. A tune-up 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 converse with the team at Abilene Air-Tech Inc 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 steps you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Abilene home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Abilene Air-Tech Inc a call at 325-200-4667.