How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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Generally, 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, how many pets you have, and how frequently your air filter has been replaced, 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 telltale signs when it’s time.

Look for these clues:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers wafting out dust?
  4. When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 more than likely time to ask Boyles Mechanical LLC in Marietta about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the amount of time between specialized cleanings.

Above all, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Boyles Mechanical LLC. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible 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 Boyles Mechanical 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 steps you can take include:

  • Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Checking your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not need exchanging.
  • Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Marietta home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Boyles Mechanical LLC a call at 866-326-9537.

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