How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts need to be cleaned about 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 how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you see 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 totally opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?
2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow?
3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?
4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?
5. Have insects or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?
6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?
7. Are your registers blowing out dust?

If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact Lycoming Heating Company in Williamsport about air duct cleaning.

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

Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the pros at Lycoming Heating Company. A yearly checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Examining your system often and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.

The experts at Lycoming Heating Company 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.

Other ways you can help manage your ducts:
• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from spaces such as your attic.
• Check your air filters on a regular basis and put in new filters when needed.
• Regularly dust and vacuum your house.
• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or wet condition.

Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Williamsport home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Lycoming Heating Company at 570-244-2510 or arrange an appointment online.
 
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