How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Typically, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, how many pets you have, and how regularly your air filter has been swapped out, to name a handful—you may adjust your air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you know for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are certainly some revealing signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction within your cold air return vent? Are your registers blowing out dust? When you gaze inside with a flashlight, can you see a collection of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear noise 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 most likely time to ask Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and prolong the amount of time between expert cleanings. Above all, setup annual HVAC maintenance with the experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc.. A service of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and possible replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and should help keep your ducts clean. You can also talk to the team at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. about installing an air purification system. We have 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 steps you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters habitually and changing them when the manufacturer recommends exchanging them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not require changing. Sealing leaks in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With an expert air duct cleaning and some proactive measures, you can help keep the air in your Beaverton home clean and healthy. Give the professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-848-3838 or arrange an appointment online.