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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how often your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you find out 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 an obstruction inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you look 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 clatter 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 probably time to ask Thornberry Bros Inc in Winchester 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 period of time between specialized cleanings. First and foremost, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Thornberry Bros Inc. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Thornberry Bros Inc 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 measures you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Winchester home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Thornberry Bros Inc a call at 859-745-1564 or schedule an appointment online.