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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may adjust your 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 definitely some telltale 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 wafting out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter 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 more than likely time to ask Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the amount of time between professional cleanings. Above all, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning. 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 running effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning 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 measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Kearney home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 308-624-3485.