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 age of 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 watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have less adequate 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, can you see a buildup of debris or pet hair?5. Have bugs or rodents fashioned 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 replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to contact Paso Robles Heating and Air in Paso Robles about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the pros at Paso Robles Heating and Air. A yearly 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 regularly and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts open.The experts at Paso Robles Heating and Air 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 clean.Other ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and change them when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• 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 Paso Robles home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Paso Robles Heating and Air at 805-203-8667 or arrange an appointment online.