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 this timeline. How can you tell if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some indications that you should watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you look 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 layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers driving out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to ask Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning. A yearly inspection of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Checking your system regularly and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clear.The team at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning 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 clean.Additional ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and put in new filters when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Bossier City home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning at 800-COOLING or arrange an appointment online.