How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On average, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Contingent 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 handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you know 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 covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing 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 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 Langford Cooling in Tampa Bay about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the timeline between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Langford Cooling. A service 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 functioning efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Langford Cooling 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 actions you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Tampa Bay home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Langford Cooling a call at 813-898-9553 or set up an appointment online.