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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, 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 often. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup 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 most likely time to ask Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in Phoenix 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 amount of time between professional cleanings. First and foremost, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating 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 measures you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Phoenix home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc a call at 602-997-5701 or schedule an appointment online.