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, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing 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 noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have less 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 some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the period 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 include inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning 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 actions you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining 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 need changing. 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 experts at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 309-323-9584.