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 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 totally opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have bugs or rodents made a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to contact Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield 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 visits. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Annual checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Examining your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clear.The pros at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 clear.More ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and put in new filters when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• 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 Bakersfield home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 661-437-3499 or arrange an appointment online.