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 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 absolutely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled 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 less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida 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 extend the timeline between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc. A maintenance check 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 operating effectively, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida 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. Checking your air filters routinely and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your West Palm Beach home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc a call at 561-515-5527 or arrange an appointment online.