How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, 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, how many pets you have, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction inside 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 found shelter 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask McNatt Inc in Corpus Christi about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the amount of time between professional cleanings. Above all, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at McNatt Inc. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at McNatt Inc 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not demand changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Corpus Christi home clean and healthy. Give the pros at McNatt Inc a call at 361-888-4808 or schedule an appointment online.