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 lifetime of your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence the amount of time between cleanings. How can you know if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signals 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 a sound 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 look inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have insects or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to contact Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford 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 appointments. Most importantly, schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the pros at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. Annual evaluation of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Inspecting your system often and replacing the air filter when needed will also help keep your ducts clean.The experts at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 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.Other ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from areas such as your attic.• Check your air filters often and switch them out when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or damp condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Oxford home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 662-281-1231 or make an appointment online.