How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On average, 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, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—you may need to have 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 significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup 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 Ken Parker Service Inc in Greenville 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 timeline between professional cleanings. Above all, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the specialists at Ken Parker Service Inc. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Ken Parker Service Inc 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 actions you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or broken air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Greenville home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Ken Parker Service Inc a call at 903-883-2829 or schedule an appointment online.