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, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. 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 jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Falls Mechanical Services LLC in Great Falls 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 period of time between expert cleanings. Above all, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Falls Mechanical Services LLC. 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 operating effectively, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Falls Mechanical Services LLC 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 actions you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Great Falls home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Falls Mechanical Services LLC a call at 406-761-7283 or schedule an appointment online.