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 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 watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you listen 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 hair?5. Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to contact Tri County Air Care LLC in Dallas 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 periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at Tri County Air Care LLC. A regular evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Checking your system often and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clean.The team at Tri County Air Care LLC 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 open.Additional 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 regularly and put in new filters when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or wet condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Dallas home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Tri County Air Care LLC at 469-213-8367 or arrange an appointment online.