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 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 tell 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 completely opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound 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, is there a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have insects or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers driving out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to reach out to Cytech Heating & Cooling in Edinburg 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 regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Cytech Heating & Cooling. Annual evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Inspecting your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clear.The team at Cytech 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 often and put in new filters when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Edinburg home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Cytech Heating & Cooling at 956-630-3522 or schedule an appointment online.