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, if you have pets, and how often your air filter has been swapped out, to name some—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 caked with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam inside your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled 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 not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe 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 prolong the amount of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning well, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning about installing an air purification system. We have 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 regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Olathe home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 913-432-3342 or arrange an appointment online.