How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 On 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 changed, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Kapaun & Brown Inc. in Marshalltown 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 period of time between expert cleanings. Above all, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Kapaun & Brown Inc.. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running well, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Kapaun & Brown Inc. 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 measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and replacing 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 seepages in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Marshalltown home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Kapaun & Brown Inc. a call at 641-753-3563.