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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 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 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 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 Alexandria duct cleaners
Eric s.
We had them come to clean dryer duct. They cleaned the duct. Their price was better than others. They recommended using hard metal duct. We agreed to a price to install new metal duct. They did not charge for duct cleaning which was nice. They need to work on time management and arrived past the scheduled time they said... both times.
Integrity Duct Cleaning  And Hvac Service’s.Integrity Duct Cleaning And Hvac Service’s.
Rebecca W.
Very happy with the dryer duct cleaning work by Mr. Harvey. I look forward to scheduling another appointment to get the other ducts in my house cleaned. Pricing is very reasonable and scheduling was easy.
Ducts plusDucts plus
Katie T.
True Ducts was super responsive to our messages and did a quick clean up of our ducts. The two gentleman that came to our house were very kind and professional
True DuctsTrue Ducts
Thumbtack Customer
I called Tamas just to clean a clogged dryer vent but he identified a fire hazard and bigger issue due to poor duct installation. Without the need to reschedule, he cleaned everything and reinstalled the dryer duct. Excellent job!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Amanda U.
Tim did a great job cleaning my townhouse air ducts. The prior owners neglected in ever cleaning the ducts, but Tim worked his magic and got years of dust and dirt. He came a few minutes earlier than scheduled and was ready to get to work. He described everything in detail and showed me all the stuff that came out of the ducts. Definitely hiring him again!
Ducts plusDucts plus
Karen H.
M.A.C. Master did an AMAZING job cleaning the air ducts at our house. We would definitely use them again!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Sasha D.
Tamas was amazing. So thorough and knowledgeable. Our newly bought house is 23 years old and the ducts had never been cleaned. He was able to make them look brand new and spent over 5 hours cleaning them and charged us a very reasonable price. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing duct service.
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Joe S.
Tim from Ducts plus was fantastic in every way! Not only did he do an excellent job with the cleaning, but he was friendly, professional and clearly outlined what he’d be doing. He also took care of all the prep and clean up and did all of it in a timely manner. We will be using Ducts plus for the long term and we recommend you do too!
Ducts plusDucts plus
Queen A.
Great work! Quality work and very knowledgeable. Definitely will work with them from here on out for all my duct cleaning projects. Thanks so much!!!
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
Kathleen B.
The technicians were thorough, polite, friendly, and answered any questions I had. They also showed me before and after pictures, which reassured me the ducts were well cleaned.
True DuctsTrue Ducts
Thumbtack Customer
These guys are the best. They provided me with the lowest quote and highest quality. I actually hired a different company that was more expensive, but they were a no show for the appointment. Eric did an amazing job. He arrived right on time and finished cleaning all our air ducts, dryer vent, bathroom exhausts within 3 hours. I enjoyed learning about the cleaning process and Eric took the time to teach me a lot about our ac system, ducts, etc. I highly recommend DuctClean1974!
Charles R.
True Ducts did a good job deep cleaning out my dryer vent and removing the blockage. The job was completed quicker than I expected and it resolved the drying issue that I had with my clothes dryer.
True DuctsTrue Ducts
Lacey S.
Great work at a very affordable price! Mr. Harvey cleaned not only the furnace and duct system but also the bathroom exhaust and dryer vent. He was extremely professional, punctual and quick to respond. I highly recommend and will be using his services again next time!
Ducts plusDucts plus
Jennifer c.
Fabulous experience with these guys! A true knowledgeable professional. Was able to clean and sanitize my ducts and solve my complex issues. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this man! I have been raving about him to my neighbors. Hire him, you will not be disappointed!
Ducts plusDucts plus
Klara S.
Ducts and Such had the quickest response of the companies that I contacted and were able to schedule next day service, which helped me out timing wise. They did a superb job cleaning my dryer vent and showed me before/after pictures. Price was pretty much the exact same I paid a couple years back for the same service.
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
Bradley W.
All of their positive reviews are absolutely true. They did an amazing job. The amount of meticulous detail they spent cleaning every single inch of the duct work and vents was impressive. He took his time and showed me in detail where the dirt was collecting and provided tips for how to improve the air quality. Would 100% recommend EES! They were awesome!
EES Services, LLCEES Services, LLC
Diane C.
The technician did a fantastic job, he was on time and responded quickly to my call. He cleared out a birds nest from my outside fan vent and cleaned my dryer vent and then I had him clean all the ducts in my house. He was very professional and explained each step in great detail. He left everything very neat and the pricing was reasonable. I would definitely use this service again. Diane
DMV Pro Service air ducts cleaningDMV Pro Service air ducts cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Tamas and his team did a fantastic job! He patiently answered all my questions before hand. They arrived early and were quick, quiet, neat and courteous! I couldn't believe the amount of build-up he removed from the dryer vent! We will definitely use M.A.C. Master the next time we need our vent or ducts cleaned!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Amanda L.
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Tim and Ducts Plus. He called me the night before to remind that he’d be coming the next day at 9am. They cleaned all of our vents in about 2 hours (we had a lot!!). They worked efficiently and professionally. I can’t wait to use my dryer and see how much faster it dries now!!! Thanks again!!!
Ducts plusDucts plus
Denis Z.
Our air ducts kept making the whole family sneeze! I knew something was not right so after online research I found these guys. Applied late night and received a phone call early next morning(as requested). Zach was friendly and professional, cleaned a lot of dust and dander! Let me tell you, what a difference did it make! My family is happy and now we can finally breathe!
The Best Air Quality and RestorationThe Best Air Quality and Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
My ducts were very dirty so it took a long time. I think I will probably need this done again in 6 months. It's a messy process. Be prepared to clean after they have gone. I could hear all the bad stuff getting sucked out of my system and I'm quite impressed by all they did. I would hire them again. They didn't get 5 stars because they were just so messy. Lots of crud left around the registers on the floor I had to clean up and so much dust!
EES Services, LLCEES Services, LLC
Lawrence S.
If you need your duct work cleaned and are looking at other companies, stop looking at those other companies and hire these guys already. . If they specialized in other trades I would hire them with my eyes closed. Our experience was probably like everyone else here who wrote a favorable review. The Best Air Quality isn’t only about the air quality you breathe it’s also about the quality of the people doing the work. Solid professionals and I will be hiring them for future projects.
The Best Air Quality and RestorationThe Best Air Quality and Restoration
Shakira R.
I am disappointed by my service. It was my first time getting my ducts cleaned and I asked was there anything I need to do prior to the service. I was told no. The individuals can earlier than my scheduled time and I was fine with that.n They were nice and courteous My issues are the following: -They didn't put on protective covering on their feet. -They offered to sweep my floor, but there was a thick coating on dust on all of my kitchen cabinets and appliances (my furnace is located in my kitchen area). Had I been made aware of this I would have tarp off my kitchen prior. -They had to unscrew several vents and did not screw the vent to my bathroom back. In fact, I am unable to locate a screw.
True DuctsTrue Ducts
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