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 length of time you’ve had your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence this timeline. How can you see 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 fully opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have pests or rodents made 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 said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at Anderson Heating & A/C. Annual checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Checking your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The experts at Anderson Heating & A/C 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.Other ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and change them when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or wet condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Carson City home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Anderson Heating & A/C at 775-230-7628 or schedule an appointment online.