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 frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—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 absolutely some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection 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 a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Lycoming Heating Company in Williamsport 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 extend the amount of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Lycoming Heating Company. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Lycoming Heating Company 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 measures you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not require exchanging. Sealing drips in air ducts that let dust to enter from areas like your attic. Trading poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Williamsport home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Lycoming Heating Company a call at 570-326-4450 or set up an appointment online.