How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017On average, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Depending on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been changed, to name a few—you may require air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the period of time between specialized cleanings. First and foremost, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning about installing an air purification system. We have 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. Other steps you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters habitually and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not need changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Bossier City home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 800-COOLING or schedule an appointment online.