How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

February 09, 2017

 

Typically, 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, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—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 significant signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a jam in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers carrying 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 clatter 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 Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating in St. 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 prolong the period of time between expert cleanings.

Mostly importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also chat with the team at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating 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 habitually and changing 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 exchanging.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic.
  • Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your St. Louis home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating a call at 314-262-4541.