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 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 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 weaker 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 look 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 layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to ask Summit Air Conditioning Inc in West Palm Beach 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 visits. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the experts at Summit Air Conditioning Inc. Annual evaluation 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 regularly and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts clear.The pros at Summit Air Conditioning 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.Other ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and switch them out when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or moist condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your West Palm Beach home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Summit Air Conditioning Inc at 561-404-4520 or make an appointment online.