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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 Chicago duct cleaners
Victoria S.
We hired Mr. Duct to clean our dryer vent ducts. They showed up early, were quick and professional and did quality work to clean out our duct! Thanks for the great work!
Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)
Amy T.
I used Northwest Air Duct to do a long overdue HVAC duct cleaning. They provided such a great service. They were responsive to my questions, very professional, and did an excellent job cleaning my ducts. I would highly recommend.
Northwest Air Duct Services, LLCNorthwest Air Duct Services, LLC
Simone B.
Staff was professional and explained the process of duct cleaning
Northwest Air Duct Services, LLCNorthwest Air Duct Services, LLC
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
John M.
The two guys arrived on time and did a great job cleaning the ducts.
Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)
Marlena P.
We were very pleased with our service from Mr. Duct! They went above and beyond the job! We highly recommended them for your duct cleaning needs!
Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)
Emily S.
We had Northwest Air Duct come do a full clean of our HVAC ducts throughout the house + dryer vents. They were responsive, professional and did a great job.
Northwest Air Duct Services, LLCNorthwest Air Duct Services, LLC
Aquarius R.
My vent/ducts were horrible. They came in & got the job done!! I would highly recommend these guys to any & everybody that needs there vent/ducts cleaned. Excellent work!!!💥👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
All Pro Air Duct Cleaning Inc.All Pro Air Duct Cleaning Inc.
Adam S.
Zack did a great job cleaning the ducts in our 3 story townhome.
Northwest Air Duct Services, LLCNorthwest Air Duct Services, LLC
Joanna K.
Great experience! Professional, courteous, prompt, and knowledgeable. Our ducts were clean and issues resolved within 24 hours of us asking for quote. Super Ducts will be our go to going forward.
Super DuctsSuper Ducts
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)
Dani W.
Northwest Air Ducts was incredible responsive. Zack was professional and thorough in cleaning our vent. Great service!
Northwest Air Duct Services, LLCNorthwest Air Duct Services, LLC
Maha D.
I hired northwest to clean the dryer’s duct because the dryer wasn’t drying. After they came, the dryer was a little better but still didn’t dry completely. I ran the diagnostics test on the dryer and it gave me an error code that the duct is system can’t exhaust properly. I contacted them again to send someone to clean it but they never did.
Northwest Air Duct Services, LLCNorthwest Air Duct Services, LLC
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
Ivy C.
I had a great experience with northwest air duct. Zach came out to my house and explained everything to us before he began working. He did a great job cleaning out all of our ducts and showed us pictures of the return lines before and after cleaning them. He was incredibly nice and very professional. I will definitely be using them again for my biannual cleanings and will be recommending them to friends and family.
Northwest Air Duct Services, LLCNorthwest Air Duct Services, LLC
Lisa P.
Zack arrived on time, friendly, worked quickly and got the job done. Our house feels cleaner and I’ve stopped sneezing thanks to our clean air ducts! We will use them again!
Northwest Air Duct Services, LLCNorthwest Air Duct Services, LLC
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 CareGreen Air Care
Shandrel S.
Northwest Air Duct service did a great job cleaning and sanitizing my vents throughout my house. I would continue to use, and would highly recommend.
Northwest Air Duct Services, LLCNorthwest Air Duct Services, LLC
Alexis B.
I just got my ducts cleaned and I absolutely satisfied. Very professional, showed me photos of before & after, explained things they were doing, and they cleaned up after themselves. I will definitely use them again.
All Pro Air Duct Cleaning Inc.All Pro Air Duct Cleaning 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
Aline A.
We hired Mr. Duct and we were extremely satisfied with the results. They were extremely quick to come out and clean the vents for us for a great price. They also email you before and after photos. Thank you.
Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)
Kelli P.
I had a great experience with Mr. Duct. The gentlemen showed up early, explained what they were going to do, answered my questions and efficiently cleaned my dryer vent. I would hire them again next time I need the dryer vent cleaned.
Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)Mr. Duct (Chicago Office)
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
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