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 replaced, to name some—you may require air duct cleaning more or less often. 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 coated 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 noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Danco Heating & Cooling in Minocqua 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 amount of time between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Danco Heating & Cooling. A service 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 operating well, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Danco Heating & Cooling 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Minocqua home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Danco Heating & Cooling a call at 715-356-7000 or set up an appointment online.