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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 Arlington duct cleaners
Hampton B.
Great duct cleaning.
True DuctsTrue Ducts
Al F.
Milton and his helper was great! Excellent customer service, excellent response, and professional work. I hired Milton to clean the HVAC duct on my townhouse (it was empty) they were detailed and cleaned every ducts. Walked me through the process and it was seamless. I was going to pass through the cleaning as I felt the unit didn't need it. Milton sent me pics of what he was working on and called me a few times to show me what he found in the duct work. The unit is a new purchase and there were kids toys in the ducts as well as lots of dust. He estimated the duct probably haven't been cleaned for 10 years and also found the dryer duct were broken and needs replacement. This is a fire hazard and if I didn't hire them this wouldn't have been uncovered. Professional work, great price and responsive. Thanks! Will hire again in the future and i've already recommended to my friends! Al
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
Howard W.
Fast response, great value. Cleaned dryer vent and all air ducts. Would book again.
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
Michael B.
Very professional and personable. Will hire again for the next time I need duct or vent cleaning done.
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
John M.
Duct cleaning job was excellent. They were running late and took a lot of breaks during the process. Overall very satisfied and would highly recommend.
The Best Air Quality and RestorationThe Best Air Quality and Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
We hadn't had the ducts cleaned in a decade and there are some idiosyncrasies with our old house but Jose and his assistant kept working at it for four hours and did not charge more than the $299 as advertised
EES Services, LLCEES Services, LLC
Larissa P.
They did a thorough job cleaning the ducts and vents. Provided explanation of the work as well as pictures of the before and after condition. Only issue was that the vents were disturbed and required touch up for paint and sealant around the perimeter.
The Best Air Quality and RestorationThe Best Air Quality and Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
We had our furnace, heating & A/C ducts and dryer vents professionally cleaned this morning by M.A.C. Master owner, Tamas, and are extremely happy with the results. We can breathe freely again after months of living with stuffed up sinuses from the buildup of dust in our system. Tamas is very knowledgeable, friendly, a tremendously energetic & hard worker, and explains everything thoroughly as he goes. We will definitely hire him again when our ducts & vents need cleaning again, and recommend him and his company highly to anyone who loves breathing!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Galambos did an excellent job! I would give him 10 stars if I could. He was prompt, thorough, has the latest equipment, is highly experienced, and knows his business. Ducts are now pristine! And he cleaned the dryer vent for free! Highly, highly recommend. I will certainly use him again,
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Cindy H.
Jose called as planned to confirm our appointment the day before and the morning of. He was punctual. They took about 3 hours to clean all the air ducts and the dryer vent. They showed us before and after pictures as they proceeded, and the total quantity removed when they were done. They left the place clean. Jose also found that we had a light to disinfect that was not functioning. He was helpful in explaining what needed to be done, and advised to replace the dryer vent, as our home inspector had last fall. I had forgotten.
EES Services, LLCEES Services, LLC
Allegra S.
Working with this company was so easy! As a first time homeowner, I appreciated how easy it was to schedule a convenient time for cleaning my condo’s ducts. The arrival window was 12-4, Walid called at 12:30 to tell me exactly when he was arriving. He worked quickly and made sure I knew best safety practices. The company was upfront about the price and there were no surprises. Will definitely be using them again!
The Best Air Quality and RestorationThe Best Air Quality and Restoration
Cindy S.
Today we had our ducts cleaned out , including our dryers. It was a fantastic experience and the owner explained everything to us about the process. I asked for several of his business cards because I want to refer him to others. I simply can’t imagine that any other company could do as good a job. They noticed that our dryer hose was way too long and shortened it for no additional cost. They came on time and left on time. They take great pride in their work product, and it shows!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
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