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, whether or not you have pets, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may need to have 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 significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within 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 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 most likely time to ask Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika 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 professional cleanings. First and foremost, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Farnell Mechanical, Inc.. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Farnell Mechanical, 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Opelika home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. a call at 334-524-2458 or set up an appointment online.