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 lifetime 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 indications that you should keep an eye on.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 an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have insects or rodents created a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to reach out to Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. in Manassas about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc.. Annual inspection 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 often and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts open.The team at Air-Right Energy Design, 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 clean.Additional ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from places 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 unsatisfactory or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Manassas home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. at 703-260-1148 or schedule an appointment online.