How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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, how many pets you have, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may need to have 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 revealing signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a jam in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. When your vents are fully opened, do any have a smaller amount of airflow than others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Forster Heating in Auburn about air duct cleaning.

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

Above all, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Forster Heating. A service 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 functioning well, and will help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at Forster Heating 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 measures you can take include:

  • Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Examining your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand replacement.
  • Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Auburn home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Forster Heating a call at 530-885-8081 or set up an appointment online.

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