How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you find out 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 jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you gaze 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 less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Carlsbad 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 period of time between expert cleanings. Above all, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters routinely and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Carlsbad home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services a call at 575-887-7777 or arrange an appointment online.