How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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Typically, 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, how many pets you have, and how often your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. 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 caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there an obstruction within 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 made a home in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear sound 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 most likely time to ask C-N-O Comfort Zone in Saint Peters 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 expert cleanings.

First and foremost, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at C-N-O Comfort Zone. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and prospective 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 C-N-O Comfort Zone 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 measures you can take include:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Checking your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not need replacement.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic.
  • Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Saint Peters home clean and healthy. Give the experts at C-N-O Comfort Zone a call at 636-578-1777.

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