How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On 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, whether or not you have pets, and how often your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may require 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 definitely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in McHenry about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the amount of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Jett's Heating & Air Inc.. 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 functioning efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. 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 habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your McHenry home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. a call at 815-459-4700 or schedule an appointment online.