How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may require 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 definitely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam within 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 found shelter 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Polar Air & Heating, Inc. in Las Vegas 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 timeline between professional cleanings. First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Polar Air & Heating, Inc.. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Polar Air & Heating, Inc. 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 steps you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Las Vegas home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Polar Air & Heating, Inc. a call at 702-623-0579.