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 age of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence this timeline. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some indications that you should watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have less adequate airflow than others?2. Can you hear noise 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 peek inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have pests 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 might be time to ask Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in McHenry about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at Jett's Heating & Air Inc.. A regular evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. Examining your system on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts open.The team at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. 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 care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and change them when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your McHenry home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. at 815-410-1128 or schedule an appointment online.