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 length of time you’ve had your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence this timeline. How can you know if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs 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 focus on 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 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 pushing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to ask MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional cleanings. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at MPC Heating & Cooling. Annual evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Inspecting your system regularly and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts clean.The pros at MPC Heating & Cooling 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 open.More ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and change them when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or wet condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Chadron home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at MPC Heating & Cooling at 308-832-4321 or schedule an appointment online.