How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Typically, 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, whether or not you have pets, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out 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 covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you check 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc in Carpentersville 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 extend the period of time between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc 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 actions you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Carpentersville home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc a call at 224-699-9229 or set up an appointment online.