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 about 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 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 signals that you should watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are completely opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear a sound other than your blower motor when you focus on the airflow? 3. Is there anything blocking your cold air return vent?4. When you peek inside with a flashlight, do you see a buildup of debris or pet fur?5. Have pests or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, it’s likely time to reach out to Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional cleanings. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc.. A yearly inspection of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system working at peak performance. Inspecting your system often and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The team at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can also advise you 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.Additional ways you can help maintain your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dust in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and change them when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your rooms.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or damp condition. Keeping your ducts clean will help you make sure the air in your Beaverton home is clean. Make sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at 503-374-1934 or arrange an appointment online.