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. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—you may need to have 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 absolutely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you check 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 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 most likely time to ask Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield 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 lengthen the timeline between professional cleanings. First and foremost, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating well, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 actions you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Bakersfield home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at 661-437-3499 or set up an appointment online.