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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How often should you get your air ducts cleaned?

How often you should clean your air ducts depends on your situation. If you or someone in the home has asthma or is acutely allergic to certain airborne materials or pollen, regular duct cleaning may be helpful. The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have an official position on the necessity of air duct cleaning unless the ducts have been contaminated by rodents, insects or mold, or you are aware of particles blowing out through the vents. The EPA recommends you have your air ducts cleaned on an as-needed basis. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) suggests having air ducts cleaned every three to five years.

Be cautious with companies that offer “whole house air duct cleaning,” urges the NADCA. The company may be using unscrupulous tactics to upsell you once they get started. Before any work begins, always clarify in writing what the job entails and what the cost will be. To protect yourself against fraud, read customer reviews and verify that your HVAC cleaning service has applicable licenses and certifications.

How long does it take to get your ducts cleaned?

The amount of time air duct cleaning takes can depend on how extensive your duct system is, how old your air ducts are, and whether they have ever been cleaned. On average, expect a standard size home (between 2,000 and 3,000 square feet) to take 2-5 hours for one to two technicians to clean. Here are the proper protocol and equipment you should expect from a professional duct cleaning service, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency:

  • All doors and access ports opened to ensure the entire duct system is inspected and cleaned.
  • Thorough system inspection prior to cleaning to identify possible asbestos-containing materials. If asbestos is present, specially trained and equipped contractors must do the removal.
  • Use of approved vacuum equipment that exhausts particles outside of your house. If the vacuum exhausts inside your home, it must be HEPA equipment.
  • Furnishings and carpet covered and protected.
  • Soft-bristled brushes only on fiberglass duct board and sheet metal ducts internally lined with fiberglass.
  • Ductwork properly protected.
  • Adherence to guidelines and practices set down by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.

How much does it cost to have someone clean your dryer vent?

The national average dryer vent cleaning costs range from $190 to $260. Dryer vent or duct cleaning costs can vary based on where you live in the country and what ductwork repairs may be required. Duct cleaning pros will use a brush cleaning method, a forced air vacuum, or a combination of the two to remove lint and other debris that can collect in your dryer duct, lint trap housing and vent. If left unchecked, this buildup of highly flammable debris can catch fire and lead to a home fire, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to home safety, a great reason for regular cleaning is the money you’ll likely save on energy bills and improved indoor air quality. Pros may offer a lower rate on their dryer duct cleaning costs when you also hire them to clean your entire HVAC duct system. To ensure you’re working with a pro who will keep your home as safe as possible, read their reviews and check whether they have been certified by a reputable organization such as the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) or the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Many duct cleaning pros will also show you before-and-after photos as proof of the cleaning.

How much does it cost to have your air ducts cleaned?

If you’re concerned about dust, allergens or mold, it may be time to have your air ducts cleaned. The national average cost for air duct cleaning ranges from $190 to $250. Air duct cleaning costs will vary based on a number of factors such as your location in the country, the age and condition of your air ducts, the number of linear feet to be cleaned, and any repairs your ducts may need. HVAC cleaning companies should clearly outline what is included in their services and at what rate, so always make sure you understand and have a written agreement before work begins. Here are some examples of average air duct cleaning costs:

  • Tiered pricing for different levels of service:
    • Standard cleaning: $100, which may include truck-mounted industrial vacuums, high-pressure air wands and air snakes to clean all supply and return vents, branch lines, and main trunk lines.
    • Advanced cleaning: $200, which may include standard cleaning services, plus rotobrush or viper clean sweep in the main trunk lines.
    • Ultimate cleaning: $400, which may include advanced cleaning, plus insertion of a viper microline into all vents to force debris down the branch lines and into the main trunk lines, to be handled by the viper clean sweep. Typically, all ductwork surface is contacted, before-and-after photos are provided, and the furnace is cleaned.
  • A flat rate for unlimited vents: $289.
  • Additional fees for larger houses: $20 for each additional 500 square feet over 2,500.

How does duct cleaning work?

Here’s how duct cleaning works in a nutshell:

  • A professional duct cleaner will inspect your ducts.
  • They’ll use vacuums and brushes to clean up dust and debris.
  • And then they’ll seal and clean everything up. 

During the inspection process, the air duct cleaner will also look for cracks or leaks. Depending on what they find, they may also recommend repairs.

To learn more about the duct cleaning process for your home, reach out to cleaners near you.

What is duct cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is the process of cleaning your various heating and cooling system units, parts and components. This process often includes cleaning the following, according to the EPA:

  • supply and return air ducts and registers
  • grilles and diffuser
  • heat exchangers heating and cooling coils,
  • condensate drain pans (drip pans)
  • fan motor and fan housing
  • air handling unit housing

For a more specific list of tasks, ask duct cleaners near you what's included in their service.

Reviews for Bay Area duct cleaners
May M.
Thank you for cleaning the air ducts!
Healthy Duct ServicesHealthy Duct Services
Bethany H.
Amazing. Responsive, attentive and respectful. Worked with multiple air duct cleaners before. Brent was detailed and went above to ensure the proper cleaning. Will use again for all air duct needs
Cal Duct Cleaning / Lawrence CLCal Duct Cleaning / Lawrence CL
Christine D.
Quality and quick dryer vent cleaning. I’ll definitely use Cal Duct again next year!
Cal Duct Cleaning / Lawrence CLCal Duct Cleaning / Lawrence CL
Long D.
Cal Duct Cleaning / Lawrence CL was super easy to hire and get our dryer vent cleaned. I was very happy with their communication and service and would highly recommend!
Cal Duct Cleaning / Lawrence CLCal Duct Cleaning / Lawrence CL
Thumbtack Customer
ESI got back to me quickly and sent a tech out that day to get the job done. There was some miscommunication about what exactly we needed done (they gave me a duct cleaning quote when what I needed was a duct replacement), so it ended up being a bit more than I expected, but overall they were fast and professional and communication was easy.
ESI Heating & CoolingESI Heating & Cooling
Thumbtack Customer
Great company to work with . We look for Hvac license contractor to clean our furnace and ducts system at our home .healthy duct cleaning did great job from the begging to the end .that was the first company that responed to us the offer us free estimate and when they arrive they provide us estimate price that was less then other company in the Bay Area .we set an appointment for today between 9:00-11:00 and they team show up at 8:30am before time .now our Hvac system clean and we are very happy Thanks to sam and Osi .
Healthy Duct ServicesHealthy Duct Services
Josh J.
Guy did a great job on a long overdue duct and HVAC cleaning. He went above and beyond fixing other issues as well, and was very responsive with follow up questions at no additional charge. Highly recommended!
Seattle Air superiorSeattle Air superior
Lily H.
Filipp responded to my Thumbtack "help help" right away. He was able to clean out my dryer duct that same day. It had not been cleaned in several years so there was lots of lint. Filipp bagged it all up. I was very pleased and will call him from now on to do an annual cleaning.
VR Green CleaningVR Green Cleaning
Rachelle S.
I sent out a request at 10:45 PM and they actually messaged back. Less than 24 hours later they installed a new duct and cleaned the line from my dryer so there was no longer any condensation. They were great!
Seattle Air superiorSeattle Air superior
Gina S.
Rizvan was punctual, responsive and so helpful. He gave me good pointers on my other ducts as well and made quick work of cleaning out my dryer vent which was many years overdue for a cleaning. I appreciate that he wore work shoe coverings and also a mask at all times indoors. The price was good to start a d even more with it since he was able to come perform the maintenance soon after my initial inquiry. I’d definitely use him again.
Bay ServicesBay Services
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