How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Generally, 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 changed, to name some—you may need to have 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 revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled 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 probably time to ask Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning in Bishop about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the timeline between specialized cleanings. Above all, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Bishop 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. Examining your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Bishop home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 760-784-9034.