How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts should be cleaned about three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you know if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have insects or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers driving out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact Local HVAC Repair & Service in Wheeling about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Local HVAC Repair & Service . A yearly evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Inspecting your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts open.The experts at Local HVAC Repair & Service can also show you more 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 open.Additional ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and put in new filters when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• 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 Wheeling home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Local HVAC Repair & Service at 224-300-4806 or make an appointment online.