How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts must be cleaned at least once every three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence the amount of time between cleanings. How can you tell if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs that you should keep an eye on.

Look for these clues:
1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others?
2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow?
3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?
4. When you look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
5. Have pests or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?
6. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?
7. Are your registers pushing out dust?

If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact Gordon Air Conditioning in Crestview about air duct cleaning.

Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning
While professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments.

Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the experts at Gordon Air Conditioning. A yearly checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Inspecting your system regularly and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.

The pros at Gordon Air Conditioning can also advise you about air purification systems. 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. Installing one of these systems can also help keep your ducts clear.

More ways you can help maintain your ducts:
• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from spaces such as your attic.
• Check your air filters on a regular basis and change them when required.
• Regularly dust and vacuum your house.
• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or damp condition.

Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Crestview home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Gordon Air Conditioning at 850-682-5509 or make an appointment online.
 
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