How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 On average, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name some—you may adjust your 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 significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam in 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 nestled 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 Temp Control of Vero Beach in Vero Beach 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 prolong the amount of time between expert cleanings. First and foremost, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Temp Control of Vero Beach. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Temp Control of Vero Beach 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: Consistently 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 require changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Vero Beach home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Temp Control of Vero Beach a call at 772-232-7649.