What are the benefits of residential or commercial air duct cleaning?
Over time, your ductwork can accumulate dust, cobwebs, debris, insect remains, rodent droppings, mold, and other dangerous contaminants. These harmful particles and materials can cause various health issues and even certain illnesses. Studies have shown that dirty air ducts can be linked to asthma attacks, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and other afflictions. By cleaning your ductwork regularly, you can reduce or eliminate the risk of inhaling certain contaminants in your indoor air, helping to improve your overall health (and your family’s overall health).
How frequently should I clean my air ducts?
Obviously, how often you clean your air ducts will depend on certain factors such as your environment, how many pets you own, whether your ductwork is in your home or a busy office, and other considerations.
Most experts suggest cleaning home air ducts once every five to seven years. If your home houses individuals with compromised immune systems or hypersensitivity to allergens — or if you own pets — you may want to clean your air ducts more often.
How long does duct cleaning take?
On average, a two-person crew can fully clean a home duct system in two to four hours. Ducts in smaller homes and condominiums can be cleaned much faster.
Are chemicals used during air duct cleaning services?
Usually, no. Chemicals aren’t used in ductwork cleaning unless they are required by a certified restoration contractor.
Will cleaning my air ducts reduce my energy costs?
Since air duct cleaning involves removing dust and debris from mechanical components in your ductwork and HVAC systems, duct and HVAC cleaning can allow your systems to operate more efficiently. Furthermore, clean, efficient HVAC systems and ductwork are less likely to break down or experience problems, thereby increasing the lifespan of your HVAC systems.
What type of equipment is best for duct cleaning?
There are two main types of vacuum collection devices: Portable units, and truck-mounted or trailer-mounted vacuums. Mounted equipment is generally more powerful than portable vacuum units, but portable units are more mobile and can easily be transported directly into buildings to access hard-to-reach duct areas.
While both types of equipment will get the job done, larger mounted equipment is often desirable because it generates less noise inside your home or office.
How much does air duct cleaning service cost?
Duct cleaning services typically cost anywhere from $450 to $1000 per heating and cooling system. The charge depends on the size of the duct system, the services requested, level of contamination, and numerous other factors.
While other companies may offer duct cleaning services for substantially lower prices, we want our consumers to be aware of borderline-fraudulent “blow-and-go” air duct cleaning companies who will charge a nominal fee before doing a poor job cleaning your heating and cooling systems. If an air duct cleaning company is offering services for suspiciously low prices, it may be because they perform inadequate services.
How do I select the right HVAC cleaner?
- Choose a company that has been in business long enough to have adequate experience.
- Make sure the company is properly licensed and insured.
- Choose a company that will clean and visually inspect all of the air ducts and related system components.
- Avoid suspicious advertisements such as the “$99 whole house specials” and other sales gimmicks.
You can read a more in-depth version of our air duct cleaning FAQ here. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact MAXIM Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. online, or call us at (402) 807-5733 in the Omaha area.