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 at least once every 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 tell 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 fully 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 anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you glimpse inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have bugs or rodents fashioned 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 said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to contact Kelley Mechanical in Lexington about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Kelley Mechanical. Annual evaluation 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 regularly and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clear.The experts at Kelley Mechanical 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.More ways you can help manage 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 change them when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Lexington home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Kelley Mechanical at 859-209-3003 or schedule an appointment online.