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. Contingent 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 some—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Tri County Air Care LLC in Dallas about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a couple things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the period of time between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Tri County Air Care LLC. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Tri County Air Care LLC about installing an air purification system. We have 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. Checking your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Dallas home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Tri County Air Care LLC a call at 469-213-8367.