How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

February 09, 2017

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts should be cleaned every three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you tell if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signals that you should keep an eye on.

Look for these clues:
1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?
2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?
4. When you look inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet hair?
5. Have bugs or rodents created a home in your ductwork?
6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?
7. Are your registers driving out dust?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to ask Bon Air Service Company in Grand Prairie about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
While professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional visits.

Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the pros at Bon Air Service Company. A regular evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Checking your system regularly and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clean.

The team at Bon Air Service Company can also help you learn about air purification systems. We offer 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. Installing one of these systems can also help keep your ducts clear.

Other ways you can help manage your ducts:
• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from places such as your attic.
• Check your air filters often and change them when necessary.
• Regularly dust and vacuum your house.
• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or damp condition.

Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Grand Prairie home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Bon Air Service Company at 972-332-1028 or arrange an appointment online.