How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts must 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 weaker 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 peek 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 covered 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC in Hamilton about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the pros at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC. Annual checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Checking your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The experts at Carefree Heating and Cooling, 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 open.Additional ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and change them when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Hamilton home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC at 513-268-5164 or arrange an appointment online.