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, how many pets you have, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell 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 coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home 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 Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg 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 extend the amount of time between expert cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning. A tune-up 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 functioning efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Oak Grove 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Hattiesburg home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 601-268-3486 or schedule an appointment online.