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 length of time you’ve had your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence the amount of time between cleanings. How can you tell if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely 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 an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you glimpse inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have pests or rodents made a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating in St. Louis 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 regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating. Annual checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Checking your system often and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts open.The team at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating 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 open.Additional 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 regularly and put in new filters when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or damp condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your St. Louis home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating at 314-262-4541 or schedule an appointment online.