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 age of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you tell if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signals that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow? 3. Is there blockage inside 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 created 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 said “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to reach out to All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Huntsville about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. A yearly checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Inspecting your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The pros at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc 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.Additional ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and change them when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Huntsville home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc at 256-801-4701 or make an appointment online.