How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 On average, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less often. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork? Can you hear sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Gordon Air Conditioning in Crestview about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a couple things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the amount of time between specialized cleanings. Above all, schedule annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Gordon Air Conditioning. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running well, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Gordon Air Conditioning about installing an air purification system. We provide 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. Other steps you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will present dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a professional air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Crestview home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Gordon Air Conditioning a call at 850-682-5509.