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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 Ashburn duct cleaners
Ankit G.
Got my duct cleaning done from true ducts .. they did a really good job. Thanks
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Karthik T.
Best duct cleaning service for the reasonable price
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Angie R.
Left the ducts and dryer vent nice and clean. Good work.
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Endrias A.
Had the entire home air duct cleaned, and they did a great work.
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Thumbtack Customer
Great Job!! Tamas is very profissional. On time. Explained me the whole procedure what he is doing. Showed me before and after snaps of the ducts. They cleaned every thing after their work. Highly recommend to any one who what to get their ducts cleaned.
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Ajay M.
They did excellent job in cleaning my ducts. On time, no nonsense, excellent job and clean up after the work. I strongly recommend.
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Amy G.
Ducts Plus did a great job cleaning our vents and dryer. Very professional- highly recommend.
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Sheikh K.
I would highly recommend M.A.C Master for home duct cleaning services. They were very professional and thorough with their work. I was shown all the problem areas and gave me tips on how to continually maintain my duct and dryer exhaust systems. I will definitely keep them as the preferred vendor for duct related services going forward.
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Leena S.
I would recommend DMV Pro Service for your duct cleaning needs. Very prompt, professional service. Knowledgeable technician.
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Charlotte H.
Very good explanation of the process before, during and afterwards. Took pictures of dirty returns/ducts and then after they were cleaned. Very respectful of my home and property. I would highly recommend!
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Neelum R.
Tony came on time and very helpful. He did clean it thoroughly and provided guidance on how to properly maintain the dryer duct and how to avoid future issues. We appreciated his help and thorough work.
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Elizabeth G.
Tony was extremely responsive with my initial request and was able to work around our schedule. I have owned this house for 22 years and had not ever cleaned the ducts. Tony did a great job. Price was great and company is very professional.
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Regina B.
Tomas did a fantastic job! He was on time, thorough, and always let me know when he saw something out of the ordinary and explained how to fix it. Extremely nice, knowledgeable and professional! Will be using MAC Master to get our ducts cleaned regularly!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Ken N.
Tamas has been a joy to work with, from scheduling the time and setting realistic expectations of how long it will take and what he will do, to explaining everything he's doing. I would highly recommend him to any one needing a duct cleaning of any kind!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Ramakanth b.
They did really wonderful job. Only that I should have asked for flat rate. I got 2 HVAC systems duct cleaning and they said 10ft dryer vent free. Being customer I just didn’t realize the feet. Once they started to clean the dryer vent it came to 22ft which is 12 ft extra and it added to 60$ (5$ per feet) unplanned amount.
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Sudhakar R.
Technicians came earlier than promised and completed the work with in time with good workmanship. But I had to pay three times the price quoted because, I have two A/C units - one for first floor and second unit is for 2nd floor. Hence the price multiplied by two because price quoted is for a single unit. Also they showed the picture of mold in ducts that needs cleaning hence it costed me another $300. So, while this situation is justified, had I known this before, I would have negotiated a better price than total $900 I spent. So, who ever is getting duct work done, please anticipate these sudden findings and try to negotiate before settling with a company.
Home Pro - Air Duct Cleaning , LLCHome Pro - Air Duct Cleaning , LLC
Joe P.
I downloaded Thumbtack at the recommendation of a friend. Punched in my project after 9PM ET on Wednesday night and within minutes, was on the phone with Anton. He probed around to determine the details and necessities of my project, and provided me with a quote! The following day Anton and I agreed on the terms. Prior to starting the service, he provided me in details of the layout and scope of the work. In addition, he was very helpful and patience with me on addressing all my questions, as this was the first time I've had my air ducts and dryer vent cleaned. Anton was very professional and courteous. I definitely recommend DMV Pro Service.
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