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 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 signals that you should watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely 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 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 bugs or rodents created a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers driving out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley City about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the experts at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning. Annual evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Inspecting your system often and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The experts at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning 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 clean.More ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and switch them out when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or moist condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your West Valley City home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-305-4777 or schedule an appointment online.