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 the amount of time between cleanings. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signals that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you glimpse inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have insects or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to reach out to Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the experts at Colvin's Heating and Cooling. A regular inspection 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 regularly and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The experts at Colvin's Heating and Cooling 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 clear.Other ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and put in new filters when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or damp condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Excelsior Springs home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Colvin's Heating and Cooling at 816-379-3918 or schedule an appointment online.