How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how often your air filter has been replaced, to name some—you may need to have 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: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Effective Service Group, LLC. in East Hanover 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 lengthen the timeline between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, setup routine HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Effective Service Group, LLC.. 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 running well, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Effective Service Group, LLC. about installing an air purification system. We provide 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your East Hanover home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Effective Service Group, LLC. a call at 973-884-0065 or schedule an appointment online.