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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—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 certainly some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton 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 timeline between professional cleanings. First and foremost, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Bell Air Conditioning Inc.. A service 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 efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Bell Air Conditioning 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 actions you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Belton home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. a call at 254-939-1141 or set up an appointment online.