How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, 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 often your air filter has been replaced, to name some—you may adjust your 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 definitely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter 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 Nisair Air Conditioning in Stuart 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 period of time between professional cleanings. First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Nisair Air Conditioning. 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 operating efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Nisair Air Conditioning 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. Checking your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to come in 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 Stuart home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Nisair Air Conditioning a call at 772-318-4252 or arrange an appointment online.