How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, 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 frequently your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may need to have 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 coated with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze 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 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 probably time to ask Air Max HVAC Inc in Thousand Oaks 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 amount of time between professional cleanings. First and foremost, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Air Max HVAC Inc. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Air Max HVAC Inc 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: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Thousand Oaks home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Air Max HVAC Inc a call at 805-217-8662 or schedule an appointment online.