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 about 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 how long your ducts can go without cleaning. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signs 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 something other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet hair?5. Have insects or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns layered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact Lycoming Heating Company in Williamsport 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 visits. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the experts at Lycoming Heating Company. A yearly inspection 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 regularly and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts open.The team at Lycoming Heating Company 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 clean.Other 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 on a regular basis and put in new filters when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or damp condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Williamsport home is clean. Don’t forget to use these preventative actions and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Lycoming Heating Company at 570-244-2510 or arrange an appointment online.