How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some telltale signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a jam within your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers wafting out dust?
  4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents made a home 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 Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. in Brandon 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 extend the amount of time between professional cleanings.

First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd.. A service 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 running well, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. 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.
  • Inspecting your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need exchanging.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to move 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 Brandon home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. a call at 204-728-0180 or arrange an appointment online.

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