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 know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled 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 probably time to ask Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating in Saint Louis 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 lengthen the amount of time between professional cleanings. First and foremost, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & 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 steps you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Saint Louis home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating a call at 314-961-0875 or set up an appointment online.