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 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 how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs that you should keep in mind.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have less 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 peek inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?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 blowing out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to contact Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Farnell Mechanical, Inc.. A yearly evaluation 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 needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The experts at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can also advise you 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 maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and change them when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or damp condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Opelika home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. at 334-245-4748 or schedule an appointment online.