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 about 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 tell if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some indications that you should keep an eye on.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have insects or rodents created a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers driving out dust?If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to ask McNatt Inc in Robstown about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional cleanings. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at McNatt Inc. A regular checkup 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 often and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clear.The team at McNatt 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 clear.More ways you can help manage 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 required. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or moist condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Robstown home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly. Call the experts at McNatt Inc at 361-247-0605 or schedule an appointment online.