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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 Buffalo Grove duct cleaners
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing service!! Mike was on time, he did a great job with cleaning ducts. He was very pleasant and made sure everything was clean after he finished his job. Would definitely recommend these guys for air duct cleaning.
Green Air CareGreen Air Care
Anita P.
I highly recommend Sai .Three guys came on time.And finished the work neatly.You don’t have to be around.All room duct was checked and cleaned .Got a compliment for dryer as well.Multiple work is going on in my house which required multiple follow up but for duct cleaning with Sai at one go it was done and with quality work
Jay V.
Great service, Ricky Leal was very thorough in cleaning the air ducts, vents and dryer vents. We already referred them to another friend. No upcharges after coming home, was straight forward pricing.
Air Solutions Heating & Air   -Duct CleaningAir Solutions Heating & Air -Duct Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Clean Air Doctors for Duct and Furnace cleaning. They also cleaned Dryer vent and had to climb the roof for it.Technicians were prompt on time and professional. They explained all the services that they are going to do before starting the work. Charges for the service are reasonable. I would be very happy to hire them again.
Clean Air DoctorsClean Air Doctors
Thumbtack Customer
I had Green Air come to my home today. They were excellent. They cleaned my air ducts and also cleaned my dryer vent too. William and Max answered all my questions and kept working the whole 3 hours. I recommend this company.
Green Air CareGreen Air Care
Thumbtack Customer
After Living in our Apartment for 9 years. It NEVER dawned on me to clean Air Ducts. Until my daughters doctor suggested it because she had so many breathing problems. I am glad I found these guys. I spoke with Larry over the phone and he explained everything in detail how this process works. They came, they cleaned and just like that, I could instantly feel myself breathing in better air! I wish I would've find them years ago. Thank you for doing a good job!
Green Air CareGreen Air Care
Chadd K.
DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY. Quick summary: Green Air Care damaged a vent while cleaning, stated the repair was not their responsibility but then stated they'd repair it but wouldn't fix the wall they would have to tear down to repair it. I asked them to file an insurance claim and they stated their insurance wouldn't process such a small claim. They also refused to repair/replace the damage in a manner I felt was a compromise. I ultimately had another company fix everything, and filed a claim with their insurance myself. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY. Full Story: My experience with Green Air Care was by far the worst professional experience I ever had. The two employees while here were admittedly polite, and when one of the employees damaged my vent he was quick to admit fault and apologize. The problem arose when I tried to have my damaged dryer vent repaired. I spoke with the job foreman on the phone, Eric, who told me he would come out and personally inspect the damage. The worker took photos and sent them to Eric and I scheduled a follow up with Eric. When Eric arrived he took the exact same photos his employee took, and we discussed everything again that we'd already spoken about on the phone. Eric stated that because my dryer vent was installed incorrectly, they were not responsible for the damage. Eric agreed that the dryer vent was in perfect working order prior to Green Air Care coming to my residence, and that the dryer vent was damaged by one of the employees. Eric told me the most compensation I would be entitled to would be their covering parts and hours to repair the vent, but they would not be responsible for any damage they had to create to my ceiling/drywall in order to access the vent. I asked Eric if their insurance would cover the repairs, and therefore their costs so there would be no cost to me. Eric said their insurance wouldn't process such a small claim, and then asked me if he fell on the ice on my driveway, would I be financially responsible for his medical bills? I felt this was rude, but responded anyway that yes, I would be responsible and I would use my home insurance to cover the bills. Eric shook it off and said that they company would not be using their insurance to pay for my repairs. I asked Eric if they could re-route the dryer vent another route, and he suggested sending it through the roof. When I voiced concerns about the safety/efficiency of doing so, Eric brushed it off and said it would be ok doing it directly through the roof instead of out through a sidewall. I ultimately contacted another duct agency, who couldn't believe my predicament. They also couldn't believe Green Air Care wouldn't accept concerns about sending the vent through the roof. That company agreed to repair everything in a manner I suggested to Green Air Care, as they stated that would be the most logical solution. I voiced my displeasure with Green Air Care and had everything repaired by another company. Green Air Care offered me a full refund for the services, provided I signed an indemnity clause (which they said was "no big deal" in an effort to get me to sign it). I then did a little research and found their insurance company and filed a claim directly with the company. The company agent could not believe Green Air Care would not file a claim on my behalf and apologized. I received $450 to cover the cost of the repairs done by another company. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY. ***UPDATE***: Company responded saying my vent was "rusted" which is untrue. It is a flex pipe which does not rust. Company additionally stated the venting request I had of going through a sidewall of my attic was not possible; but another HVAC company stated thats the safe way to do it, as the way Company suggested through roof of my home was unsafe and would require constant cleaning. Company's "repairs" would involve demolishing my celing, which they would not pay for, which I refused. The $450 I recovered from their insurance after they stated they were unable to file a claim was a 50% settlement from their company, as I paid $900 to have new vent properly installed. **again, company damaged my property, admitted fault, and refused to contact their insurance. I contacted their insurance after company refused to meet me halfway in a compromise, and their insurance agreed to settle**
Green Air CareGreen Air Care
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