How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On 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, how many pets you have, and how often your air filter has been replaced, to name some—you may require air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you find out 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 an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation 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 less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. in Topeka 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 lengthen the timeline between professional cleanings. Above all, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc.. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, 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 steps you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Topeka home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. a call at 785-357-6200 or arrange an appointment online.