How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On average, 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, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—you may require 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 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 jam in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter 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 Stan's Heating, Inc in Ontario about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a couple things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the amount of time between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Stan's Heating, Inc . A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Stan's Heating, Inc about installing an air purification system. We have 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Ontario home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Stan's Heating, Inc a call at 541-889-3987 or set up an appointment online.