How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Typically, 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, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear noise 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 Comfort Zone Inc in Cape Coral 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 timeline between professional cleanings. Above all, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Comfort Zone Inc. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Comfort Zone Inc about installing an air purification system. We provide 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: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not demand replacement. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Cape Coral home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Comfort Zone Inc a call at 239-574-2327 or schedule an appointment online.