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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you find out 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: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you gaze 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 clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 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 most likely time to ask Custom Air Systems Inc in Indian River County about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the period of time between expert cleanings. First and foremost, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Custom Air Systems Inc. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Custom Air Systems 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 measures you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Indian River County home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Custom Air Systems Inc a call at 772-571-1080 or arrange an appointment online.