How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 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 need to have air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you tell 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 caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup 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 probably time to ask Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon 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 professional cleanings. Above all, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc.. A maintenance check 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 effectively, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating 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 steps you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Napoleon home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call at 419-592-4756.