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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some significant signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 probably time to ask Central Heating & Plumbing in New Castle about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the amount of time between expert cleanings.

Mostly importantly, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Central Heating & Plumbing. A maintenance check 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 operating efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at Central Heating & Plumbing 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 steps you can take include:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Checking your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require changing.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic.
  • Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your New Castle home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Central Heating & Plumbing a call at 724-401-1843.

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