How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the age of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you tell if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs that you should keep in mind.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to reach out to Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces in Alliance about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces. A regular evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Examining your system regularly and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The team at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces can also help you learn about air purification systems. 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. Installing one of these systems can also help keep your ducts clean.Other ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and put in new filters when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Alliance home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces at 308-646-3827 or make an appointment online.