How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On average, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if 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 tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in Peoria 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 amount of time between expert cleanings. Above all, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC. A maintenance check 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 running efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC 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 steps 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 present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Peoria home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC a call at 309-437-2703 or schedule an appointment online.