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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 Rockville duct cleaners
Thumbtack Customer
Simply the best , reliable and very professional , he did a great job cleaning those dirty air ducts now looks like new ,if someone needs cleaning air duct i will recommend 100% thanks a lot Tamas Julian, another happy costumer !!!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Roy Q.
The guys were very professional, friendly, informative and took pictures of the insides of the air ducts to show they had cleaned well.
True DuctsTrue Ducts
Joshua C.
Did a good job cleaning and showed us the before photos to let us know what the conditions of our ducts were.
True DuctsTrue Ducts
Christine T.
Do yourself a favor and hire Tim. He cleaned out ducts and fixed a few problems to do it. I went for a long time without hiring a duct cleaning service because the last one was so scammy and tried to up-sell me on obviously unnecessary extras. Tim is the opposite of that. He quotes a fair price and won’t try to up-sell you. He is also very responsive and punctual. We will 100% request his services again.
Ducts plusDucts plus
Roy S.
Excellent job by EES Services. I had a bigger home full duct, chimney and dryer vent cleaning by this good company. Very professional, friendly and hard working. The owner and his employee went above and beyond. Highly recommended.
EES Services, LLCEES Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Tamas and his team did an amazing job cleaning out my air ducts/dryer vent on my newly purchased home. He showed me how filthy they were during the clean up!! I would highly recommend him for the job!! They were on time, friendly and very thorough!!! Thank you Tamas!!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Thumbtack Customer
We hired home pro to clean our duct and the system after we moved to our new house Leo and his helper came on time and did GREAT JOB !!!! Also installed a U V light for our request Great guy great job highly recommended
Home Pro - Air Duct Cleaning , LLCHome Pro - Air Duct Cleaning , LLC
Shuhan X.
They did great job in air duct cleaning! Very responsive and easy to schedule. Offered a comprehensive introduction on the services they are going to provide and there is no hidden fee. They explained everything clearly and patiently to me during the work and took photos for me to check. So glad that we hired them for this work and am able to turn on the heating with good air quality.
True DuctsTrue Ducts
Carol H.
Tamas is professional, punctual, thorough, knowledgeable, and a "Master" at customer service and satisfaction. I could not be more pleased with my decision to hire him. The clean air now flowing through my vents was instantly noticeable ... and so very appreciated! His pricing is fair and he is committed to ensuring 100% satisfaction. Tamas takes pride in his work and has earned every single one of the stars in his reviews. Look no further for duct cleaning. Tamas does not disappoint.
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
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