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, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name a few—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 certainly 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 in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check 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 more than likely time to ask Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield 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 professionals at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Bormida Mechanical Services 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 steps you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing seepages in air ducts that allow dust to move in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Springfield home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc a call at 217-210-2662 or set up an appointment online.