How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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On 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 changed, to name a few—you may require 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 certainly some significant signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing 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 more than likely time to ask Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. in Anaheim about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the timeline between professional cleanings.

Mostly importantly, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc.. A tune-up 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 running well, and will help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at Eco Fresh HVAC 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 measures you can take include:

  • Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Examining your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require changing.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic.
  • Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Anaheim home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. a call at 714-855-1717 or arrange an appointment online.

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