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 regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may adjust your 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 certainly some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear noise 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 probably time to ask Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs 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 period of time between specialized cleanings. Above all, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Colvin's Inc. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Colvin's Inc 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 actions you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Excelsior Springs home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Colvin's Inc a call at 816-630-2702 or schedule an appointment online.