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 often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely 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 blockage in your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting 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 Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids 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 lengthen the timeline between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Rapids Sheet Metal Works 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 operating well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Rapids Sheet Metal Works 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 steps you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Wisconsin Rapids home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc a call at 715-301-0256.