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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 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 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 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 Washington duct cleaners
Wilmer F.
Ducts and Such were very knowledgeable about duct cleaning. Altho in our home we have a boiler for radiator heat and a split system for a/c. That was not a problem for them. The machinery for the a/c is in the attic distributing the cool air via 2 main ducts with ducts going to 2 levels below. We have had 3 different a/c units installed over 37 years and never had the ducts cleaned. What a mess! I will have Ducts and Such clean our ducts every 2 years.
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
Angela j.
I highly recommend Ducts Plus! They cleaned all of our a/c ducts and also our dryer vent. They did excellent work. I will be sure to hire again the next time we need this work done.
Ducts plusDucts plus
Alex B.
Had a very efficient and effective cleaning of my ducts, dryer vent, and bathroom vent. Highly recommended!
The Best Air Quality and RestorationThe Best Air Quality and Restoration
Ana Carolina H.
Excellent service cleaning my condo’s air ducts and dryer vent. Competitive price and very thorough job!
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
Candace K.
The tech did a wonderful job cleaning our air ducts and they were quick and responsive to my initial inquiry.
The Best Air Quality and RestorationThe Best Air Quality and Restoration
Emily D.
Ducts and Such LLC came out just a few days after I contacted them, and were very responsive with logistics. They asked questions ahead of time that would help them get every duct and vent. And they cleaned up everything! Highly recommend!
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
Stacie H.
Saul did a great job of cleaning my air ducts he located some black mold in the home and was able to clean that out as well he also recommended an efficient way to prevent black mold from forming in our HVAC system I highly recommend true ducts they were punctual reasonably priced and professional in their work.
True DuctsTrue Ducts
Thumbtack Customer
M.A.C. Master is the only company I'll ever hire from now on to clean my HVAC and Laundry Duct Work. Tamas and his starff is professional, honest, polite and informative about your duct work. He walked me through what he does and showed me what he was finding (it wasn't pretty). He told me about how long the job would take and he was spot on. I 100% recommend him for your next duct cleaning job!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Jennifer G.
Great experience getting my ducts and dryer vents cleaned. Team worked hard and overcame very dirty vents that hadn't been cleaned in years and a challenging dryer vent!
The Best Air Quality and RestorationThe Best Air Quality and Restoration
Ian T.
Tim and Ducts + Plus did an incredible job on my project. He was quick to respond, arrived exactly when he was supposed to, was extremely thorough, and explained everything. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for duct cleaning or any of the other services he provides.
Ducts plusDucts plus
Thumbtack Customer
After starting with the duct cleaning, Leo recommended that we both sanitize the ducts and clean the furnace as well, which would cost an additional $250 and $140 respectively. Lowe's had initially quoted us a similar price for duct cleaning ($250) and included sanitization complimentary so I was skeptical as to why sanitization alone would double the cost of the cleaning. After some explanation as to the differences in chemicals they used, Leo agreed to throw in the furnace cleaning for free if we paid the additional cost for sanitization. While I was grateful for the discount, I still felt a little taken advantage of. They also didn't clean up after themselves very well, and installed one of the vent covers in such a way that I couldn't open or close it.
Home Pro - Air Duct Cleaning , LLCHome Pro - Air Duct Cleaning , LLC
Mark j.
I would highly recommend Tim. I had a bad experience with Sears, where I was promised one price but the worker came and tried to sell me all these additions which brought my simple duct cleaning to close to $1 000. Tim was professional, explained the duct cleaning process and encouraged observance of his work. The price was greats as well.
Ducts plusDucts plus
Mialeeka W.
True Ducts did a great job cleaning my system. They arrived in a timely manner, were professional and took time to explain things about my system.
True DuctsTrue Ducts
Anne F.
I hired Lux Duct to clean or potentially replace the dryer chute. They replaced the chute, cleaned, and showed me how to do it in the future. I’m happy with the work done. The team was very responsive over the app.
Lux DuctLux Duct
Shelby B.
Had a great experience with Ducts Plus. W hired for HVAC cleaning in our 100+ yr old home and plan to use the company again. Professional, punctual, and thorough.
Ducts plusDucts plus
Senda B.
Great duct cleaner. Tamas is an early bird and willing to make the time to get it done. He is knowledgeable and quick with his work. I would hire him again.
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Jacob B.
They did an awesome job. Highly recommended. It was the first time I’d cleaned my ducts and vents in 18 months of homeownership. I’m definitely going to bring them back on an annual basis.
Home Pro - Air Duct Cleaning , LLCHome Pro - Air Duct Cleaning , LLC
Stephanie S.
Integrity Duct and HVAC Cleaning is excellent. If you haven't cleaned your air ducts in a few years, or have renters, smokers, pets, allergies, etc, I highly recommend you do it. They came out and in 60-90 minutes, cleaned out all my air ducts, and then sanitized/deodorized them for an extremely reasonable price (I have a 1 br condo). I learned my kitchen vent had grease accumulated in the walls (they eliminated), the bathroom air was stuck, and the rest were generally just filthy. My unit smells great now and I am thrilled to know I have not only cleaner air, but it is more efficiently going through my home without blockages. Integrity was responsive, flexible, prompt, easy to work with and and affordable. They were conscience, communicated well, and left my place cleaner than when they arrived..
Integrity Duct Cleaning  And Hvac Service’s.Integrity Duct Cleaning And Hvac Service’s.
Thumbtack Customer
While other companies were unavailable for weeks,US Clean Ducts was able to meet my request to come out and clean my dryer vent with only a few days notice. Both Valeria and the techs were extremely friendly, efficient, and professional.
DuctClean1974DuctClean1974
Yelay Z.
Milton was very pleasant, professional and responsive. Quickly scheduled a time and was prompt and very thorough in cleaning the ducts and vents in my 3 story home for a great value while being mindful of COVID precautions. I would absolutely hire again!
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
Krysten S.
I highly recommend for home vent cleaning. We wanted to make sure our ducts were clean and clear in the condo we just purchased. Our pro was out the next day and got us taken care. He showed us before and after and advised us on what we can do to improve our current setup and when next cleaning should be. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
DMV Pro Service air ducts cleaningDMV Pro Service air ducts cleaning
Gi C.
An outstanding experience. We could not have been more pleased with the duct cleaning service. Prompt. On time. Professional. Conscientious. Really extremely nice person. Very thorough. Explained everything and answered all questions. Highly recommended. And flexible to work with our availability. Would give them 10 stars if that was an option!
The Best Air Quality and RestorationThe Best Air Quality and Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
This company is outstanding. They worked with a very difficult property to park in for their machinery(row house with no street parking) showed me all the dirt that came out of the ducts, cleaned out my dryer vent for free and were extremely knowledgeable and professional. They also worked on a Sunday while I was able to be home. I highly recommend this company
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Catalina G.
I'm really happy with the work: all the insides of my house are now clean :) I had issues with a vent and the MAC Master took care of it. Tom also took the time to show me the work he was doing before and as he finished each duct. He provides great quality work for the right price. Would def. recommend it! Thanks.
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Kathryn A.
Milton and his dad did a fantastic job cleaning our vents and ducts, through which had years of dust and construction materials had built up. He was responsive and communicative beforehand, as well as during the cleaning itself — explaining what they were doing, showing me before and after pictures, and advising me on any issues he saw. He even went above and beyond trying to solve an issue with my ventless dryer. Would highly recommend their services!
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
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