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. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam within your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you look 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 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 most likely time to ask Ocean Air Conditioning in Orange County 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 prolong the timeline between specialized cleanings. Above all, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Ocean Air Conditioning. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating effectively, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Ocean Air Conditioning 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: Frequently dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Orange County home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Ocean Air Conditioning a call at 949-525-9119 or set up an appointment online.