How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—you may need to have 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 certainly some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look 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 most likely time to ask Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. in Midlothian about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the timeline between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp.. A service 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 operating efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Midlothian home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. a call at 804-379-1155 or schedule an appointment online.