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 lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signals that you should watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you listen to 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 pet fur?5. Have bugs 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 answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact Cool Air Solutions in Murrieta 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 cleanings. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the pros at Cool Air Solutions. 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. Inspecting your system regularly and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clean.The team at Cool Air Solutions 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 clear.Additional ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and change them when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Murrieta home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Cool Air Solutions at 951-299-9853 or schedule an appointment online.