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 length of time you’ve had 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 indications that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have pests or rodents made 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 said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to reach out to Central Heating & Plumbing in New Castle 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 cleanings. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the pros at Central Heating & Plumbing. Annual inspection of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Examining your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clear.The team at Central Heating & Plumbing 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.Other 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 on a regular basis and change them when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your New Castle home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Central Heating & Plumbing at 724-401-1843 or make an appointment online.