How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Depending 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 some—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly 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 in your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you check 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Campbell's Tempracure in Crystal Lake 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 expert cleanings. First and foremost, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Campbell's Tempracure. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Campbell's Tempracure about installing an air purification system. We offer 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 short time in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Crystal Lake home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Campbell's Tempracure a call at 815-788-6283 or set up an appointment online.