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 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 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 pay attention 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 fur?5. Have bugs or rodents fashioned 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 answered “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to ask Stieferman Heating Company Inc in Jefferson City about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional cleanings. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Stieferman Heating Company 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. Examining your system often and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The experts at Stieferman Heating Company Inc 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 open.Additional ways you can help maintain 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 needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or wet condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Jefferson City home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Stieferman Heating Company Inc at 573-203-3908 or schedule an appointment online.