How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, 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 often your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out 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 inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear noise 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago 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 specialized cleanings. First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Chicago home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 773-704-0640 or set up an appointment online.