How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 On average, 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, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—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 certainly some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting 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 less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Hudsonville 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 amount of time between professional cleanings. Above all, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Hudsonville home clean and healthy. Give the pros at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services a call at (616) 669-3961.