How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Generally, 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, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—you may need to have 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: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled 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 Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Mobile 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 lengthen the amount of time between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. A service 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 functioning effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning 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 steps you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Mobile home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc a call at 251-471-2674.