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, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. 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 in 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Beck Cohen in Charlottesville 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 timeline between expert cleanings. Above all, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Beck Cohen. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Beck Cohen 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 measures you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Charlottesville home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Beck Cohen a call at 434-296-0129 or arrange an appointment online.