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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name some—you may require air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know 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: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia 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 timeline between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. about installing an air purification system. We provide 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 actions you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly 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 demand exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your West Columbia home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. a call at 803-796-9172 or arrange an appointment online.