How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 On average, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are definitely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Moon's Air in Shreveport about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the amount of time between specialized cleanings. Above all, schedule routine HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Moon's Air. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should consist of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system operating effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Moon's Air about installing an air purification system. We have 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. Other steps you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Checking your air filters regularly and exchanging them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will present dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not need replacement. Sealing drips in air ducts that allow dust to enter from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Shreveport home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Moon's Air a call at 318-215-7938.