How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—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 absolutely 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 an accumulation 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 less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview 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 prolong the period of time between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc.. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, 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 steps you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Longview home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 903-758-0701 or set up an appointment online.