How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Typically, 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, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell 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 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 less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Mustang Mechanical in Grand Prairie 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 extend the period of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Mustang Mechanical. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Mustang Mechanical 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters routinely and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Grand Prairie home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Mustang Mechanical a call at 972-445-9504.