How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts need to be cleaned about three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence this timeline. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some indications that you should keep an eye on.

Look for these clues:
1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?
2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow?
3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?
4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?
5. Have pests or rodents made a home in your ductwork?
6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?
7. Are your registers pushing out dust?

If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to contact PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
While professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional visits.

Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the pros at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc. Annual checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Checking your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts clean.

The experts at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can also show you more about air purification systems. 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. Installing one of these systems can also help keep your ducts clean.

More ways you can help maintain your ducts:
• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from spaces such as your attic.
• Check your air filters often and change them when needed.
• Regularly dust and vacuum your house.
• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or damp condition.

Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Plainfield home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc at 815-410-1231 or arrange an appointment online.
 
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