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 lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you know 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 completely 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 glimpse inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet hair?5. Have bugs or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to reach out to Air Alliance Team in Ballwin 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 consistent HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Air Alliance Team. Annual evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Inspecting your system often and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The experts at Air Alliance Team 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.More ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and switch them out when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Ballwin home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Air Alliance Team at 636-498-0051 or schedule an appointment online.