How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts need to be cleaned about three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the lifetime of 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 indications that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, can 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 said “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to reach out to Wallpe Heating & Cooling in Greensburg 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 visits. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the experts at Wallpe Heating & Cooling. A yearly checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Inspecting your system often and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The pros at Wallpe Heating & Cooling 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 dust in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and change them when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or damp condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Greensburg home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Wallpe Heating & Cooling at 812-638-4232 or schedule an appointment online.