How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts should be cleaned about three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the length of time you’ve had your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence this timeline. How can you tell 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 airflow than others?
2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?
4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
5. Have bugs or rodents created a home in your ductwork?
6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?
7. Are your registers driving out dust?

If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to ask McNatt Inc in Robstown about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
While professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional visits.

Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the experts at McNatt 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. Examining your system often and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clean.

The experts at McNatt Inc can also help you learn 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 clear.

Other ways you can help manage your ducts:
• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from spaces such as your attic.
• Check your air filters regularly and change them when required.
• Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.
• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition.

Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Robstown home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at McNatt Inc at 361-247-0605 or arrange an appointment online.
 
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