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 this timeline. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs that you should keep in mind.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have insects or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to contact Cooler Tymes LLC in Litchfield Park about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional cleanings. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at Cooler Tymes LLC. A regular checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Examining your system regularly and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clear.The experts at Cooler Tymes LLC 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 clear.More ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and change them when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Litchfield Park home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Cooler Tymes LLC at 623-208-6444 or arrange an appointment online.