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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, 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 find out 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 caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask White Mechanical, Inc. in Laguna Hills 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 amount of time between expert cleanings. First and foremost, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at White Mechanical, Inc.. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating effectively, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at White Mechanical, 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 measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Laguna Hills home clean and healthy. Give the pros at White Mechanical, Inc. a call at 949-716-8379 or schedule an appointment online.