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 this timeline. How can you know if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some indications that you should keep in mind.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet hair?5. Have bugs or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the professionals at 1st Choice 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 operating at peak performance. Checking your system regularly and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts clean.The pros at 1st Choice 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 open.More ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and put in new filters when needed. • 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 Lake Forest home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 949-204-0859 or make an appointment online.