From dentist visits to oil changes, there are many types of routine cleanings or maintenance we need to keep up with. But when was the last time you had the ductwork in your home cleaned?
Between heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, your ducts are busy. And they can collect dirt, dust, and other types of debris that can affect your health and comfort.
Benefits of air duct cleaning
Professional air duct cleaning services use a high-powered vacuum and other equipment to make your ductwork look like new (from the inside). The service has several benefits:
- Improves indoor air quality
- Enhances airflow and efficiency of heating and cooling systems
- Reduces allergens and contaminants, including mold spores, bacteria, pet dander, and pollen
- Reduces dust circulating home and attaching to household items
- Removes musty smells and other odors
Cost and factors of air duct cleaning
Now that we have you convinced to get the air ducts cleaned in your home, your next question may be, “How much does it cost?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick, easy answer.
While there is no standard price for air duct cleaning, several factors can affect the cost, including the home’s size, how dirty the ducts are, how easy or difficult it is to access the ducts, and the experience level of the air duct cleaning company.
1. Size of home
This one is pretty simple – the larger your house, the more ducts you likely have. Typically, duct cleaning costs are determined by how long the job will take or a flat price per supply vent. So a large, complicated duct system will be more expensive than a small, simple one.
2. Complexity of cleaning
If your ducts are extremely dirty and require deeper cleaning, it could increase the time it will take to complete the job. So, if it’s been a long time since your last cleaning, you have pets, or you’ve noticed a lot of dust kicking around your home, be prepared to pay a bit more for cleaning – but the results will be worth it.
3. Location and access to ducts
Ducts that are visible and convenient to get to – such as one in basements, attics, or crawl spaces – are easier to clean. On the other hand, if most of your ductwork is concealed behind walls or ceiling, it might take the team longer to clean them, affecting the final cost.
4. Experience of professional
There’s a science to air duct cleaning, so you don’t want to hire just anyone for the job. Be wary of any contractor or company that offers suspiciously cheap service. When researching air duct cleaners, look for a company that has all necessary licenses and insurances, follows NADCA duct cleaning guidelines, provides a clear written estimate, and is happy to provide customer reviews or references of their work.