How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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 swapped out, to name some—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less frequently. 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:

  1. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a jam in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 County Line Mechanical LLC in Reinholds about air duct cleaning.

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

First and foremost, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at County Line Mechanical LLC. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean.

You can also chat with the team at County Line Mechanical LLC 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 measures you can take include:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need replacement.
  • Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic.
  • Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Reinholds home clean and healthy. Give the experts at County Line Mechanical LLC a call at 717-216-0846.

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