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 the amount of time between cleanings. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some signals 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 a sound other than your blower motor when you pay attention to the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have pests or rodents made 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 replied “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to contact Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are steps you can take to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the pros at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning. A yearly checkup 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 regularly and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The team at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can also show you more 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 dust in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and switch them out when needed. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in bad or moist condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Lodi home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning at 209-257-3156 or schedule an appointment online.