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, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may require air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a jam in your cold air return vent? Are your registers wafting out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear sound 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the period of time between specialized cleanings. Mostly importantly, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and may help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Street Heating & Sheet Metal 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 measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters routinely and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Rapid City home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc a call at 605-342-5107 or set up an appointment online.