How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, if you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been replaced, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some significant signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents found shelter in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have not as much airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a couple things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the timeline between professional cleanings. Above all, arrange annual HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning about installing an air purification system. We provide 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. Other measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters habitually and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a brief stint in service, but they may not demand replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to move in from areas like your attic. Replacing poor or broken air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some preventive measures, you can help keep the air in your Lodi home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 209-368-0556 or schedule an appointment online.