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 about three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the age 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 signals that you should keep in mind.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have bugs or rodents created a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to reach out to Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning in Buellton about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning. Annual inspection 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 on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts clear.The pros at Allstar 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.Other ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and put in new filters when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or damp condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Buellton home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning at 805-242-9638 or make an appointment online.