How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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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, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some significant signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers wafting out dust?
  4. When you check 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 clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 All Elements Heating & Air LLC in Marshall 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 timeline between specialized cleanings.

First and foremost, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at All Elements Heating & Air LLC. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running well, and will help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at All Elements Heating & Air LLC 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.
  • Checking your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand changing.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Marshall home clean and healthy. Give the experts at All Elements Heating & Air LLC a call at 903-702-3941.

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