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. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may adjust your 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 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 collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask 1st Choice Service Group Inc in Asheville 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 period of time between specialized cleanings. First and foremost, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at 1st Choice Service Group Inc. 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 operating effectively, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at 1st Choice Service Group Inc 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 actions you can take include: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Asheville home clean and healthy. Give the pros at 1st Choice Service Group Inc a call at 828-551-2913 or set up an appointment online.