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, whether or not you have pets, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your 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 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 blowing out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Pinnacle HVAC LLC in Homer Glen 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 period of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Pinnacle HVAC LLC. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential 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 Pinnacle HVAC 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 measures you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Homer Glen home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Pinnacle HVAC LLC a call at 708-301-0170 or arrange an appointment online.