How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts should be cleaned every three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you tell if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some indications that you should watch for.

Look for these clues:
1. When your vents are completely opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?
2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow?
3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?
4. When you glimpse inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?
5. Have pests or rodents made a home in your ductwork?
6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?
7. Are your registers driving out dust?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to contact Stan's Heating, Inc in Ontario about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
While professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments.

Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Stan's Heating, Inc . Annual checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Examining your system often and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clear.

The experts at Stan's Heating, Inc can also advise you about air purification systems. 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. Installing one of these systems can also help keep your ducts clear.

Additional ways you can help care for your ducts:
• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from places such as your attic.
• Check your air filters often and put in new filters when required.
• Regularly dust and vacuum your home.
• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or moist condition.

Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Ontario home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Stan's Heating, Inc at 541-286-6602 or schedule an appointment online.
 
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