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, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may need to have 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 definitely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying 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 sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Cool Power LLC in Ronkonkoma about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a couple things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the timeline between professional cleanings. Above all, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Cool Power LLC . A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Cool Power LLC 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: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Ronkonkoma home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Cool Power LLC a call at 631-246-4029.