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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage 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 made a home 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the period of time between professional cleanings. Above all, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc. 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 operating efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and replacing 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 changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to come in 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 Pinellas County home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call at 727-398-5515 or arrange an appointment online.