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 few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you know 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 covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter 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 probably time to ask Cytech Heating & Cooling in the Upper Rio Grande Valley about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the period of time between specialized cleanings. First and foremost, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Cytech Heating & Cooling. A service 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 operating efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Cytech Heating & Cooling 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 measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your the Upper Rio Grande Valley home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Cytech Heating & Cooling a call at 956-630-3522 or arrange an appointment online.