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 about 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 keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have pests or rodents created 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 said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Northglenn about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the experts at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. Annual checkup 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 needed will also help keep your ducts clear.The pros at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 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 open.Other ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and switch them out when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Northglenn home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 303-452-4146 or make an appointment online.