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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name some—you may require 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 revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork? Can you hear sound 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 ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in Lake Charles 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 timeline between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. A service 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 running effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at ACR 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. Examining your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Lake Charles home clean and healthy. Give the pros at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc a call at 337-335-0992 or schedule an appointment online.