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 the amount of time between cleanings. How can you know if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs that you should watch for.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 focus on the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet fur?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 said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning. A regular inspection of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Examining your system often and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The team at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can also help you learn 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 clean.Other ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and put in new filters when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Wyandotte home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning at 734-363-8907 or make an appointment online.