How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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Generally, 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, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some revealing 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 within your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 probably time to ask C&C Refrigeration Inc. in Waxahachie 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 lengthen the amount of time between professional cleanings.

Above all, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at C&C Refrigeration Inc.. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running well, and may help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at C&C Refrigeration 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 actions you can take include:

  • Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Examining your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need exchanging.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Waxahachie home clean and healthy. Give the experts at C&C Refrigeration Inc. a call at 972-938-0033.

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