How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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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, whether or not you have pets, and how often your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you know 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:

  1. Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers blowing out dust?
  4. When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork?
  6. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow?
  7. 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 most likely time to ask Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford 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 lengthen the period of time between specialized cleanings.

First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also converse with the team at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 steps you can take include:

  • Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Checking your air filters regularly and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not need changing.
  • 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 specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Oxford home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 662-281-1231.

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