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 every three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the age of 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 keep in mind.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are totally opened, do any have weaker airflow than others?2. Can you hear noise 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 bugs or rodents fashioned a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers blowing out dust?If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to ask Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are things you can do to protect your ducts and extend the time between professional appointments. Most importantly, schedule consistent HVAC maintenance with the experts at Total Comfort. A regular evaluation 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 on a regular basis and replacing the air filter when necessary will also help keep your ducts open.The experts at Total Comfort 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.More ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let debris in from places such as your attic.• Check your air filters on a regular basis and put in new filters when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your house.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in unsatisfactory or wet condition. Keeping your ducts clear will help you make sure the air in your Franklin Lakes home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative steps and schedule a professional duct cleaning when needed. Call the experts at Total Comfort at 201-268-5663 or schedule an appointment online.