How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

 

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 frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. 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:

  1. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers wafting out dust?
  4. When you gaze 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 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 most likely time to ask Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling in Columbus 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 specialized cleanings.

Mostly importantly, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling. A maintenance check 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 functioning efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean.

You can also talk to the team at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling 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 measures you can take include:

  • Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand replacement.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Columbus home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling a call at 614-451-0846.

 
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