How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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On average, 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 often your air filter has been replaced, to name some—you may need to have 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 absolutely some revealing signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the amount of time between specialized cleanings.

First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning. 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 running efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean.

You can also chat with the team at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning 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 measures you can take include:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require changing.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Wyandotte home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 734-284-1224.

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