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 about 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 the amount of time between cleanings. How can you know if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have less 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 glimpse inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have bugs or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns covered 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 ask Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia 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 appointments. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.. A yearly inspection of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Inspecting your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clear.The team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. 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 debris in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and change them when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or damp condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your West Columbia home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. at 803-265-4208 or make an appointment online.