How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, 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 often your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know 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 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 most likely time to ask Woody's Sudden Service Inc in Manassas Park about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the amount of time between specialized cleanings. Above all, arrange routine HVAC maintenance with the experts at Woody's Sudden Service 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 well, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Woody's Sudden Service Inc about installing an air purification system. We provide 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: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing drips in air ducts that permit dust to come in from areas like your attic. Trading poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Manassas Park home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Woody's Sudden Service Inc a call at 703-369-5528 or schedule an appointment online.