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. Dependent 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 regularly. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely 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 inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. in West Palm Beach 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 professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc.. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. 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 measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your West Palm Beach home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 561-401-0011 or set up an appointment online.