How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts should 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 know if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signals that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have less adequate 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 peek inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have pests or rodents made a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to contact Air Alliance Team in Saint Charles about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the pros at Air Alliance Team. A regular inspection of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Checking your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts clean.The experts at Air Alliance Team 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 clean.More ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and put in new filters when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Saint Charles home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Air Alliance Team at 636-229-1544 or make an appointment online.