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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.

Do you need to clean your air ducts?

Air duct cleaning is done by heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals. The pros use industrial-strength, truck-mounted vacuums and powerful brushes and hoses to clean inside the metal ducts that make up your forced air heating and cooling system. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends duct cleaning if there is “substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface ducts, ducts that are infested with vermin such as rodents or insects, or ducts that are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.”

You should also have air ducts cleaned after recent water contamination or water damage to prevent mold; after renovations or remodeling to ensure debris and dust didn’t settle in the vents and ducts; if you are having problems with allergies or asthma; or when you are moving into a newly purchased home, especially if the previous owners smoked or had pets. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three to five years, or every two to three years in regions where homeowners use their air conditioning and heater for many months of the year, while the EPA suggests homeowners have duct cleaning done as needed.

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.
Reviews for Chicago duct cleaners
Krunalkumar H.
Cleaned duct, vent and furnace at very reasonable price in about 4 hrs and installed humidifier as well. It would be much better if they would have shown me pics of before and after cleaning duct and vents.
Clean Air DoctorsClean Air Doctors
Liv N.
I contracted Mr. Duct to clean my air ducts and vents which hadn’t been cleaned in a very long time. The quote they provided was very good. They did a great job of setting clear expectations and executing the job properly,. The rep was timely with completion of the project, which was very much appreciated. I’d definitely recommend them for any of your air duct needs!
Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)
Thumbtack Customer
He performed outstanding. He got the job done in less time than anticipated. He cleaned the duct work and furnace. Very professional
Clean Air DoctorsClean Air Doctors
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Ofer Tsemah on 06 March 2016 performed an entire cleaning of all of my air duct supply vents, return vents, and dryer vent (19 total) in my home. He was very professional and explained every step. Mr. Ofer further explained preventative maintenance for future long lasting efficiency. My furnace was inspected and cleaned as well. Clean air doctors are highly recommended and I definitely will contact this business for future duct cleaning services. Thank you Clean Air Doctors. Sincerely Joe H. Chicago
Clean Air DoctorsClean Air Doctors
Thumbtack Customer
Regular duct cleaning and laundry dryer vent. They showed up on time, kept to the schedule and were polite, courteous and informative. Would recommend to other home owners.
Before and After Air CareBefore and After Air Care
Thumbtack Customer
Larry's crew were professional and courteous. And they did a great job. I'll definitely use them for my next duct cleaning, and I would absolutely recommend their services.
Green Air Care Group Inc.Green Air Care Group Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Ofer is the owner, and was on-site for the entire job. efficient, quick, courteous and professional summed up the project. I would recommend this service to anyone who is serious about having their duct work cleaned and inspected.
Clean Air DoctorsClean Air Doctors
Thumbtack Customer
I had the air ducts and vents cleaned. Ofer also installed a humidifier and uv light. The quality of the work was outstanding and great custumer service. I am very satisfied with the work and already recommended Air Doctors to family and friends.
Clean Air DoctorsClean Air Doctors
Ashley E.
Came on time. Did good work. We only had ducts cleaned on one floor so we could make sure they did good work. We will call again for the other units. Tenants were happy with the results
Duct Professor, Inc.Duct Professor, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I contacted Clean Air Doctors and they came to our home the very next day! He deep cleaned our furnace and air ducts and was he very, very nice, fast and efficient. I will definitely be using their services again in the future and would highly recommend them to everyone. Thank you again!
Clean Air DoctorsClean Air Doctors
Megan E.
I was informed that Curtis and Max were on their way, and they arrived shortly thereafter. They did a deep clean of my furnace, air ducts, and in unit dryer vent, explaining modifications I can make to make my machines last longer. I would not hesitate to use them in the future!
Before and After Air CareBefore and After Air Care
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was punctual, courteous, and very helpful. He went through all the rooms with me and explained the whole process. He stated it would take about 2 hours. However, I had never had duct cleaning performed at my home and he stayed for 4 hours until the job was complete and the price stayed the same. He showed me before and after pictures/video of the ducts. Dryer vent cleaning was also included in the price. Also, he was able to tell me about new products such as a permanent filter and UV light for the furnace. He noticed that the humidifier was not working and gave me an estimate. There is also a discounted rate for yearly maintenance. Mark has a lifelong customer.
Air Duct Cleaning GroupAir Duct Cleaning Group
Thumbtack Customer
George and an assistant were quick to respond to our quote request and were up front about what the service included - no hidden fees or up grades. They cleaned the ducts (and we have a lot!), the furnace and the dryer vent in about three hours. Easy to work with, very gentle in our house (shoes off and worked around moving boxes). We will definitely use them again next year for this home task.
E.R. AIR, LLCE.R. AIR, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Offer was a great provider. He serviced my entire hvac system post construction, so you know how indepth that can be. Serviced 2 furnaces, 2 Acoils, completely cleaned out and sanitized all the ducts in a house that's approximately 2700 sq ft. He was punctual, professional, proficient, and had all the right equipment to perform the job. I will gladly use his services again when the need arises.
Clean Air DoctorsClean Air Doctors
Stacy O.
Mark and his crew were amazing. We had recently moved into our home and discovered the duct and furnace system were old and poorly taken care of, and on top of that were filthy. Our youngest (8 months old at the time) was in the PICU for RSV, pneumonia, and strep. He understood the urgency of getting the air clean for him to come home to a perfect home. He came on Sunday (his day off and the day of the Superbowl) and spent the whole day on our house. At my request, he recommended solutions for our furnace and discovered that in our baby's room there was no air circulation. He is currently working on getting a vent in there and getting that problem resolved. He was accommodating, professional, and hard working. Worth every penny. He also showed me those before and after videos - gross. So nice to see those after videos and smell that fresh air.
Air Duct Cleaning GroupAir Duct Cleaning Group
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