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. 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 require 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 telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup 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 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 tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and may 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 actions you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand replacement. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging 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.