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 at least once every three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the length of time you’ve had 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 indications that you should watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in 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 pests or rodents made a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers driving out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to contact B & G HVAC in Marshalltown 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 appointments. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at B & G HVAC. A regular 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 on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts clear.The pros at B & G HVAC can also help you learn 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.Additional ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and change them when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Marshalltown home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at B & G HVAC at 641-812-2044 or arrange an appointment online.