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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your 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 absolutely some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation 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 more than likely time to ask Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning in Buellton 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. First and foremost, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning 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 steps you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Buellton home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 805-688-4018 or schedule an appointment online.