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 at least once 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 tell 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 completely opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you glimpse inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?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 answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact True Home Heating and Air Conditioning in Irvine about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at True Home Heating and Air Conditioning. Annual 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 on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts open.The team at True Home Heating and Air Conditioning 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 clear.Other 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 on a regular basis and switch them out 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 Irvine home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at True Home Heating and Air Conditioning at 949-258-7259 or arrange an appointment online.