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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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name some—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some revealing 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 inside your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers carrying out dust?
  4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear clatter 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 Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. in Show Low 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 amount of time between specialized cleanings.

First and foremost, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Rim Country Mechanical, Inc.. A maintenance check 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 running effectively, and may help keep your ducts clean.

You can also chat with the team at Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. 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 measures you can take include:

  • Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand replacement.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic.
  • Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation.

With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Show Low home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. a call at 928-537-1803 or schedule an appointment online.