How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 Generally, 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, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to ask WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the period of time between professional cleanings. First and foremost, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at WM J Kraus & Son. A service 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 operating well, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at WM J Kraus & Son 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 exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Keokuk home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at WM J Kraus & Son a call at 319-229-2318.