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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—you may require 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 absolutely some telltale 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 blowing out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation 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 less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask McCune Heating & Cooling in Augusta 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 timeline between specialized cleanings. Above all, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at McCune Heating & Cooling. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at McCune Heating & Cooling 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. Examining your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Augusta home clean and healthy. Give the pros at McCune Heating & Cooling a call at 316-733-9123 or schedule an appointment online.