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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some telltale signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection 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 not as much airflow than others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Breeze Air and Heat in Fort Worth about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the timeline between professional cleanings.

Mostly importantly, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Breeze Air and Heat. A service 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 functioning well, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also talk to the team at Breeze Air and Heat 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 replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require changing.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Fort Worth home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Breeze Air and Heat a call at 817-864-1021 or arrange an appointment online.

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