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How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
A: If your ducts have been cleaned using the HI-TECH™ rotary brush method, approximately 2-3 years. However, sometimes it’s good to have the ducts cleaned more frequently, particularly in the following situations:
How much dust will come out of my duct system?
The average house can produce 3-5 lbs. of fine dust particles.
How often should I have my dryer duct cleaned?
Cleaning is recommended every 18-24 months.
Will I notice a difference after the cleaning is completed?
There will be a difference in air quality of your home, and customers typically have experienced less dust in general in their houses.
Will there be lots of dust in the house during the cleaning?
Because of the suction that we create in the duct system when capturing the dust, you will not notice any additional dust in the home.
What is the normal price range for air duct cleaning services?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, duct cleaning services can often, though not always, range in cost between $450-1000. Factors that determine cost include which services are offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, how easily accessible that system is, the climate in the region, the level of contamination present and the type of material ducts are made from. In general, be wary of companies who charge a nominal fee for services, as they are likely “blow and go” air duct cleaning companies who do a poor job of cleaning the heating and cooling system and may also attempt to persuade consumers to purchase unneeded services with/without their permission.
If you have knowledge of a practicing “blow-and-go” air duct cleaner, contact your local Better Business Bureau to report the company, and your local, federal, and state elected officials to demand legislation.
What are sanitizers and why would they need to be used?
Sanitizers are anti-microbial chemicals designed to control microbial contamination. Before sanitizers are applied to the interior surface of an air duct, the system must be thoroughly cleaned.
All anti-microbial treatments must be registered with the EPA as intended for use in HVAC systems. To make certain of this, ask to see the chemical’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). If you have further questions or concerns, call the EPA at 1-800-438-4318. Note: there are no EPA-registered anti-microbial products designated for use on porous system surfaces, such as fibreglass.
How long would it take to clean a typical residential HVAC system?
Several factors determine how much time it takes to clean a residential HVAC system:
It’s a good idea to ask at least two contractors for a time estimate so that you have an idea of how long you should expect the service to take—this will also help you judge how thoroughly a contractor plans to be.
How can we determine if the HVAC system cleaning was effective?
The best way to determine if the HVAC system cleaning was effective is to perform a visual inspection of the system before and after cleaning. If any dust or debris can be seen during the visual inspection, the system should not be considered cleaned. While you can perform your own visual inspection using a flash light and mirror, a professional cleaning contractor should be able to allow you better access to system components and perhaps the use of specialized inspection tools. In addition, following this post-cleaning check list can help to ensure a top quality job.