How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Typically, 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 a handful—you may adjust your 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 revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you check 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Mighty Ducts in Orange about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a couple things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the timeline between expert cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Mighty Ducts. 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 functioning effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Mighty Ducts 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. Examining your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Orange home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Mighty Ducts a call at 714-464-3376.