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How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

On average, 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 swapped out, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some revealing 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 inside your cold air return vent?
  3. Are your registers wafting out dust?
  4. When you gaze 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 clatter 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 Triton HVAC & Refrigeration in Colorado Springs 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.

Above all, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Triton HVAC & Refrigeration. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean.

You can also talk to the team at Triton HVAC & Refrigeration 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 measures you can take include:

  • Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home.
  • Inspecting your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need changing.
  • Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic.
  • Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation.

With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Colorado Springs home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Triton HVAC & Refrigeration a call at 719-332-3458 or arrange an appointment online.