How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Generally, 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, whether or not you have pets, and how often your air filter has been changed, to name some—you may require air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know 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 covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 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 Osceola Air, LLC in St. Cloud about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the timeline between professional cleanings. First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Osceola Air, LLC. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Osceola Air, LLC about installing an air purification system. 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. Other actions you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your St. Cloud home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Osceola Air, LLC a call at 407-477-6319.