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 frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may require 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 revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look 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 probably time to ask Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere 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 extend the period of time between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.. A service 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 functioning well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning 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 steps you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your South Beloit and Belvidere home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. a call at 877-389-2465 or arrange an appointment online.