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 about 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 signs that you should keep in mind.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound 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 look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have bugs or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to reach out to Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere 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 appointments. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.. A regular evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Checking your system regularly and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts open.The pros at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. 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 clean.More ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and put in new filters when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your South Beloit and Belvidere home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. at 877-389-2465 or schedule an appointment online.