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 at least once 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 this timeline. How can you tell 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 adequate airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet hair?5. Have pests or rodents made 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 answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to reach out to Air Temperature Control in Macon about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Air Temperature Control. A yearly evaluation 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 regularly and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clean.The experts at Air Temperature Control 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 clear.More ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and put in new filters when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or damp condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Macon home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Air Temperature Control at 478-202-3170 or arrange an appointment online.