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 age of 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 in mind.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound 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 glimpse inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have bugs or rodents made 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 said “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to reach out to Air Concepts of Middle Georgia in Middle Georgia about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia. A yearly evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Checking your system regularly and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The pros at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia 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 clean.Other ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and switch them out when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Middle Georgia home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia at 478-200-5689 or schedule an appointment online.