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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you tell 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 caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam in your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning in Upland about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the period of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning. A maintenance check 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 operating effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning about installing an air purification system. We have 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: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Upland home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 909-982-5698 or schedule an appointment online.