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How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

On average, 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 often your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some telltale signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes 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 timeline between specialized cleanings.

Above all, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Total Comfort. A service 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 functioning effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also talk to the team at Total Comfort 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:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need replacement.
  • Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Franklin Lakes home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Total Comfort a call at 201-891-1333 or schedule an appointment online.