This is a great article from the Angie’s List Magazine, published in June of 2009. The writer consulted with consumers, the EPA, and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association to compose an article that is very informative for people who are considering hiring
an air duct cleaning contractor.??The article highlights the importance for hiring a quality contractor,?saying that a poor cleaning job can be much worse than no cleaning at
all. Also included in the article is information on what a typical consumer can expect in terms of time and cost of the work. It also has a?great informational diagram that can help you gain a better understanding of your home’s HVAC system.
Click Here to read the article.
There can be many factors involved in determining just how often you need to have the air duct system in your home or business cleaned. These can include but are not limited to: age of the occupants, number of pets in the home, smokers in the home, allergy or asthma sufferers, or even the type of flooring you have. In general once a proper duct cleaning has been performed you likely won’t need the service for another 3-5 years. However there can be situations which call for a cleaning to take place more frequently. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends that you have your HVAC system inspected once every two years. That way a cleaning professional can give you their professional opinion on whether or not the system is in need of cleaning, or how much longer you can wait.
An inspection can be performed in as little as 15 minutes if proper access holes are present in the ductwork, otherwise a technician will need to make these to perform the inspection. If you’ve had proper duct cleaning done in the past, these access points should already be present on your system. Inspections are performed with a variety of tools including a flashlight and mirror as well as a camera. Our cost for a residential inspection is $65 plus tax. If we determine that you are indeed in need of cleaning, and you choose to hire us, we will deduct 50% of the inspection fee from the cost of your duct cleaning.
So you’ve just built or bought your brand new home and you figure: everything is new, so everything must be clean… right?
Ideally, yes it is. However, that might not be the case. A lot of the time there can be a significant amount of construction debris that makes its way into the duct system after it is installed. Typically the ductwork goes into a home when the walls and floors are all bare wood. The majority of the finished surfaces (sheetrock, wood flooring, tile, etc.) are installed after the HVAC system. Contractors will often cut these materials inside the home as its being built; this is even more common in our Minnesota climate. Even if they are making their major cuts outside, they will often need to make some minor cuts and do some trimming once the material is in place. The floor and wall vents are usually open during this time allowing for debris to fall into the system. With the extremes of our climate, workers may even turn on the HVAC system while they are installing the finishing materials to keep the home warm or cool enough. This will allow the air return side of the system to suck in sheetrock and sawdust. I’ve even been very suspicious a few times that the construction workers were just using the vents as a dustpan to clean up their mess! It all can lead to your system being dirty before you even move in.
So how do you know? It can be as easy as taking off a couple of your vents and looking inside. Try a couple of each kind, supply and return, in a few different spots in your home. Since the debris is new it should still be pretty close to the vent opening. Where the return ducts are typically the dirtier ones in an older home, in a new home it may be the supply vents that are the dirtiest. This is because many supply vents are in the floor where its east for construction materials to fall in. You can use a small mirror and flashlight to look around corners and see down the duct. Of course, a full inspection by a certified technician will give you a good idea as well.
Are you a home builder or remodeling company? ?We would love to work with you! ?Let us help provide your customers with a clean home when they move into their new space.