You may have heard about having your air ducts cleaned, but how do you know if you need to? Here are a few tips to help you decide if the time is right for you to clean you air ducts.
Ask Your HVAC Maintenance Technician
The next time you have your heating or air conditioning unit maintained, ask the technicians opinion about your air duct cleaning needs. Since they are not trying to sell you their cleaning services you will likely get an honest answer.
Inspect Your Air Ducts
Inspecting the condition of the air ducts is relatively simple. The best place to inspect the condition of the air ducts is at the trunk line. The trunk line is the large rectangular air duct attached to the furnace, extending overhead across the basement area. Locate a vent register on the trunk line, and remove it with a screw driver. Look inside the trunk line with a flashlight and mirror, or take a snapshot with a digital camera. The trunk line is the central part of the heating and cooing system and will be the best indicator of the systems cleanliness.