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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may require 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 coated with dust or pet hair?
  2. Is there a jam inside your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers wafting out dust?
  4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
  5. Have insects or rodents found shelter 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 probably time to ask Total Comfort Solutions in Kennesaw and surrounding areas 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 extend the amount of time between expert cleanings.

Above all, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Total Comfort Solutions. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running well, and will help keep your ducts clean.

You can also talk to the team at Total Comfort Solutions 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 actions you can take include:

  • Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Checking your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require changing.
  • Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Kennesaw and surrounding areas home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Total Comfort Solutions a call at 404-987-5502 or set up an appointment online.

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