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 length of time you’ve had your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you know 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 totally opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?
2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow?
3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?
4. When you glimpse inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet fur?
5. Have bugs or rodents made a home in your ductwork?
6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?
7. Are your registers driving out dust?

If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to contact County Line Mechanical LLC in Reinholds 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 appointments.

Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at County Line Mechanical LLC. Annual checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Examining your system regularly and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts open.

The team at County Line Mechanical LLC can also show you more 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 manage your ducts:
• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from places such as your attic.
• Check your air filters often and switch them out when necessary.
• Regularly dust and vacuum your house.
• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or moist condition.

Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Reinholds home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at County Line Mechanical LLC at 717-216-0846 or arrange an appointment online.
 
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