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 lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you know 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 completely opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, do you see 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 layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to contact Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the pros at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning. A regular inspection 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 regularly and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The experts at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning 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 clean.Other ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis 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 clean will help you make sure the air in your Odessa home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning at 432-237-0168 or make an appointment online.