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 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 see 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 completely opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet hair?5. Have pests 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 said “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to ask Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning in Derby 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 Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning. Annual evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Inspecting your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clear.The experts at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning 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.Additional ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and change them when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or damp condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Derby home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning at 203-734-7648 or schedule an appointment online.