How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Generally, 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 often your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you tell 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: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear sound 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline 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, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Freed 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 steps you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Moline home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 309-323-9584.