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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 Columbia Heights duct cleaners
Erik T.
The ducts/vents are night & day better after getting cleaned!
Clean Air RestorationClean Air Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
We wanted an air duct and furnace cleaning in our home we recently purchased. Chris was knowledgeable and very friendly. He explained what he was doing and how we can maintain a clean duct system. Thanks and highly recommend!
Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning, Inc.Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning, Inc.
Sarah W.
Had dryer vent cleaned out. Great experience all around. Will be calling them again for future duct cleanings.
Boss Man Ducts & DryersBoss Man Ducts & Dryers
Barb C.
Jim Mayer did a wonderful job. He was responsive from the start, was on time and respectful of my home. I highly recommend Mayer Air Duct and Fireplace cleaning. My duct work is clean and I am confident we will breathe better! Thank you Jim!
Mayer  Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!Mayer Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!
Lynette D.
Jim did a great job cleaning my ducts! Very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend!
Mayer  Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!Mayer Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!
Denton D.
Cleaned out some very dirty air ducts clogged with animal fur. They did a great job.
AirRifficAirRiffic
Ahna B.
We were so pleased with the attention to detail and hard work while cleaning our air ducts! Highly recommend!
PureAir SolutionsPureAir Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
We had out dryer vent cleaned out. Ben was great and we will definitely be using this company again to get our other air ducts cleaned.
Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning, Inc.Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning, Inc.
Meixi N.
Jim was professional, honest and kind. He was communicative and didn't hesitate to answer any questions as I as a first-time homeowner. He was professional and clearly has years and years of experience doing duct cleaning work. He went out of his way to schedule us in and went the extra mile to help us make sure our ducts/hvac system was ready to go for winter, even helping us fix small holes in the duct system Our ducts are running smoother already!
Mayer  Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!Mayer Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!
Thumbtack Customer
Duct and dryer cleaning. Very honest and nice guy!! Very glad we chose him!! Very reasonable price as well!
Boss Man Ducts & DryersBoss Man Ducts & Dryers
John M.
JG Duct Cleaning helped clean all of the vents in my recently built home. There was lots of debris from construction in my HVAC system, and he did a great job cleaning everything.
JG Duct CleaningJG Duct Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
The technician did a great job getting everything thoroughly cleaned within a short amount of time. I had ordered the most extensive cleaning and was impressed by how little time it took to get those ducts from being incredibly dirty to perfectly clean. The technician was friendly and professional, answering all my questions to my satisfaction. The next time I have the ducts cleaned I intend to use this company again.
Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning, Inc.Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning, Inc.
Cathy O.
Did a great job and were efficient. The cost was less than expected. I will be having them do my duct cleaning again.
Mayer  Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!Mayer Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!
Jason T.
Daniel and Colby did an excellent job! They were extremely professional and went above and beyond my expectations. Very thorough and precise. Their methodology to cleaning duct work is much better than brushes and cutting into the ducts themselves. I saw the debris first hand! They are the only way to go!
Kura HomeKura Home
Danielle C.
Manny & his partner did a great job. The duct cleaning was thorough and well done. Jamie in the office was helpful with pricing and responsive with scheduling and reminders leading up to the cleaning date and time.
MN Air Duct CleanersMN Air Duct Cleaners
Thumbtack Customer
He is coming to clean ducts in my condo -- I am very impressed with his professionalism over the phone and know he will do a great job.
Boss Man Ducts & DryersBoss Man Ducts & Dryers
Thumbtack Customer
Duct cleaning, flu cleaning, everything was seamless and much more affordable than big companies. Very professional. I did buy an "upsell" to clean Flu and spray some Enviro chem. However, it was not high pressure whatsoever.
Boss Man Ducts & DryersBoss Man Ducts & Dryers
Alex N.
I had my air ducts cleaned and they did a great job and were very professional. They even cleaned everything up even after I told them not to worry about it. Thanks again!
Mayer  Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!Mayer Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!
Jennie H.
A nice person, he called when he was running late and kept me updated. I have had ducts cleaned before, and am aware of needing access holes for cleaning. However, he put lots of new holes in my ducts, even cut a square about 6' x 6'with a flap!! He only put foil tape over the holes, and missed several, which I now need to plug. I will be researching how to best make the ducts air tight again. The price was good, sometimes you get what you pay for.
Boss Man Ducts & DryersBoss Man Ducts & Dryers
Lauren B.
Justin is awesome! As soon as I messaged, I got scheduled in the same week! It took about an hour to clean the air ducts and dryer vent. They look great!
AirRifficAirRiffic
Todd T.
Ken was excellent at explaining everything he was doing and why he did what he did. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing their ducts cleaned! A+
Boss Man Ducts & DryersBoss Man Ducts & Dryers
Mitch S.
Jim was great to work with. He was super accommodating and enjoyed explaining the process while performing his work. He was timely and clean with his work and I’d recommend him to others if they need duct and dryer vent cleaning.
Mayer  Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!Mayer Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!
Austin S.
Jim was great to work with and performed a quick, great quality cleaning. Additionally, he was super willing to work with us regarding scheduling as issues came up on our end. Would definitely recommend Mayer Air Duct Cleaning!
Mayer  Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!Mayer Air duct and Fireplace Cleaning!
Marit C.
Boss Man Ducts and Dryers was phenomenal! We received an immediate response and the quality of work was unbelievable. We'd had our ducts cleaned before from another company and I now realize, they did NOTHING compared to what the Boss Man did. Exceptional, super thourough and very high quality work. I would absolutely recommend him to my friends.
Boss Man Ducts & DryersBoss Man Ducts & Dryers
Thumbtack Customer
Roy, the technician, called and said he was able to arrive earlier than scheduled, which was great! He was efficient and did an excellent job, as well as giving me tips about furnace care, etc. Even though I know nothing about air duct cleaning, I felt confident he had done a thorough job on the ducts, furnace, & chimney.
Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning, Inc.Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning, Inc.
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