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 at least once every 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 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 signs that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are fully 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 blockage inside your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have bugs or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers driving out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to ask Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling in Liberty about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the pros at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling. 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. Examining your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts clean.The team at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling 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 open.Other ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and change them when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Liberty home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling at 816-286-7258 or make an appointment online.