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 frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear noise 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa 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 extend the amount of time between expert cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning. A tune-up 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 functioning effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning 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 steps you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Odessa home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 432-333-2208 or set up an appointment online.