How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts must be cleaned about 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 the amount of time between cleanings. How can you tell 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 fully opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you glimpse inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet hair?5. Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to contact E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service in East Bernard about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the pros at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service. A regular checkup 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 often and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clear.The team at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service can also help you learn 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.Additional ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and change them when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your East Bernard home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service at 979-323-6109 or arrange an appointment online.