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 at least once every 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 how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you see 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 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 glimpse inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have bugs 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 answered “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to contact D & D Heating & AC in Brighton about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the pros at D & D Heating & AC. A regular evaluation 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 on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clear.The team at D & D Heating & AC 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.Additional ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and switch them out when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Brighton home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at D & D Heating & AC at 720-316-1401 or arrange an appointment online.