Why should I get my air ducts cleaned?
Here are the main reasons why you should consider having your air ducts cleaned by a pro (hopefully us!):
When and how often should I get my air ducts, dryer vent and air condenser (air conditioner) cleaned?
We recommend getting the air ducts cleaned if any of the above "why should I get my air ducts cleaned" reasons applies to you. People with severe allergies often clean the air ducts every year, where others could go much longer, but for most, it usually ends up being about 3-5 years between services. We recommend getting the dryer vent and air condenser cleaned every year. It is true that for some dryer vents (i.e. dryers with 'direct exhaust' on exterior walls of the home) this may be excessive, but dryer vents are a leading cause of residential fires so it is better to be safe than sorry. Air condensers often get very dirty during the fall and winter seasons, and will cause the unit to perform sluggishly if not cleaned out. A clean air condenser will cool the home quicker and with less effort, resulting in lower energy bills and longer lasting units.
Will there be a lot of dust floating around the house during cleaning, and can we stay in the home during the cleaning?
There will NOT be dust floating around your home. We use industry leading technology to prevent that from happening so you can comfortably stay in the home without worry. We use multiple stages of filtration, including the highest rated HEPA filters to capture contaminants that are removed from the air ducts.
What do I need to do to prepare the home for cleaning?
In most cases, you don't need to do anything! Here is what we will need in order to clean:
How long does it take to clean the air ducts?
Obviously, every home is different, but we give the general estimate that it will take about 1 hour per 1,000 sq ft (finished), but no less than 2 hours. Please also note that it takes about 30 minutes per 'additional service' (blower cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, air condenser cleaning, disinfecting, etc.).
How much does it cost?
Do you guarantee your work?
YES! We guarantee our work to give our customers peace of mind when hiring us.
Is the cleaning process noisy (can I still work from home)?
Working from home while we are there is usually not a problem. If your work space is right next the the air handler/furnace room and you plan to be on a call/virtual meeting, though, it could be disruptive. If you are concerned with noise while working from home, please call and we can find a solution that works for you and your schedule!
Are you insured and/or qualified?
We are proud to say that we have never had a claim for damage/loss, but we ARE fully insured, just in case! Each of our technicians have undergone rigorous training and are qualified to perform every service we offer.
As you may know, there are a lot of claims and 'facts' that air duct cleaning companies will print or republish that are meant to 'inform' you about the benefits of air duct cleaning. With so much information, how do you know what to believe? We have listed (below) some of the most common claims, and break them down so you have the TRUTH.
Claim #1: "indoor air can be 2x5 times MORE polluted than outdoor levels, and in some cases these levels can exceed 100 times that of outdoor levels of the same pollutants".
This is accurate according to the EPA, but it is often taken out of context by air duct cleaning companies. Of course, contaminants in the air ducts can be a large contributor to this poor air quality, but there are also other factors such as chemicals used in the home (cleaning products, for example). Conclusion: Indoor air can be, and often is, more polluted than outdoor air, and getting your air ducts cleaned WILL help with this; just know that other contaminants outside of your ducts will still be present unless they are removed by other cleaning methods.
Claim #2: "Getting your air ducts cleaned can save you 'x amount' of dollars on your energy bill!"
This is almost completely false. Air duct cleaning by itself almost certainly will not give you any (noticeable) savings. Many companies use this as a tactic to 'get their foot in the door' and sell additional services such as coil cleaning, which is actually where your savings will come from. Coil cleaning removes dirt, dust, and debris that restrict the airflow around the coils which is how heat from the coolant is removed. Clean coils operate more efficiently and cool the home in less time (less time = less energy used = smaller energy bill). Conclusion: Get your air ducts cleaned to remove contaminants and allergens, not to save money on your energy bill. Get your coils cleaned to prolong the life of your AC unit and save on your energy bill.
Claim #3: "Getting your air ducts cleaned will increase air flow and will fix problematic rooms that don't heat up or cool down like the rest of the house".
This is another claim that is taken out of context. Most air ducts do not have such a significant amount of debris/build up that the air handler will be restricted by any noticeable degree. Can airflow slightly increase after an air duct cleaning? Yes, but not to the degree that a lot of air duct cleaning companies wish you to believe. Will the bedroom that doesn't seem to get any air flow at all significantly improve? Probably not. In most cases this is a design issue, not a "clog". Of course, there are always outliers that see significant improvements in some rooms due to a blockage being cleared, but this is not the 'norm'. Another thing to consider is that in many cases it is actually a dirty filter that is causing air restriction. Lastly, bad air flow can be caused by an old or incorrectly sized (low CFM) air handler than what the home should have. Conclusion: Slightly better airflow can be an advantage of getting your air ducts cleaned, but don't let it be the only reason that you decide to get the service done or at least have reasonable expectations.