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 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 completely opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have pests or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to contact Comfort Zone Inc in Cape Coral about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Comfort Zone Inc. Annual checkup 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 often and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The pros at Comfort Zone 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.More ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and change them when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Cape Coral home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Comfort Zone Inc at 239-214-0411 or schedule an appointment online.