How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts must 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 this timeline. How can you see 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 weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear noise other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there blockage inside your cold air return vent?4. When you glimpse inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet 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 blowing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to ask Street Heating and Cooling in Rapid City about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to keep your ducts cleaner and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Street Heating and Cooling. A yearly inspection of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Inspecting your system often and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clear.The team at Street Heating and Cooling 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 open.More ways you can help manage your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and switch them out when required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or damp condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Rapid City home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Street Heating and Cooling at 605-206-3915 or arrange an appointment online.