How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 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, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name some—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask Premium Air Services LLC in Tomball 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 prolong the period of time between specialized cleanings. Above all, setup regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Premium Air Services LLC. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Premium Air Services LLC 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Tomball home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Premium Air Services LLC a call at 713-364-9957.