How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts must 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 the amount of time between cleanings. How can you tell if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signals that you should keep in mind.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound 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 pet fur?5. Have pests or rodents created a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Huffman 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 cleanings. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Air Houston Mechanical LLC. Annual checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Examining your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clean.The pros at Air Houston Mechanical LLC can also advise you 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 manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt 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 unsatisfactory or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Huffman home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Air Houston Mechanical LLC at 832-777-1521 or schedule an appointment online.