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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. 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:

  1. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers carrying out dust?
  4. When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents found shelter 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 less airflow than others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Innovative Mechanical, LLC in Dallas and Atlanta surrounding areas 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 lengthen the timeline between professional cleanings.

Above all, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Innovative Mechanical, LLC. A tune-up 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 talk to the team at Innovative Mechanical, LLC 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 steps you can take include:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Checking your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand exchanging.
  • Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Dallas and Atlanta surrounding areas home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Innovative Mechanical, LLC a call at 770-726-7407.

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