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 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 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 signals that you should watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you glimpse inside with a flashlight, is there 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 blowing out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to contact ACS Heating and Air Conditioning in Tucker about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning. A regular inspection 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 necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The team at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning can also advise you 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.Other ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and change them when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Tucker home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning at 770-450-1539 or make an appointment online.