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How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Depending 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 few—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 definitely some revealing signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a jam in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents found shelter 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Mr. Air Repair in Shelby Township 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 extend the timeline between specialized cleanings.

Above all, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Mr. Air Repair . A service 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 operating efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at Mr. Air Repair 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:

  • Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand changing.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic.
  • Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Shelby Township home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Mr. Air Repair a call at 586-262-4258 or set up an appointment online.