How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On average, 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, how many pets you have, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may adjust your 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 definitely some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter 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 Desert Suns Heating & Cooling in Albuquerque 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 prolong the period of time between expert cleanings. First and foremost, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling. 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 well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling about installing an air purification system. We provide 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. Examining your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Albuquerque home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling a call at 505-994-9176 or set up an appointment online.