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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—you may adjust your 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 certainly some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter 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 more than likely time to ask Twin Air LLC in Manassas 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. First and foremost, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Twin Air LLC. A service 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 effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Twin Air LLC 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 actions you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Manassas home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Twin Air LLC a call at 703-754-1062 or schedule an appointment online.