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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 Herndon duct cleaners
Jay S.
Tim was really good. Will definitely be working with him again for ducts and vents cleaning in the future.
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Meredith P.
Milton snd his assistant did an excellent job cleaning the ducts in our home. He kept me informed every step the way with pictures. I highly recommended using Ducts and Such!!!
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Craig M.
Great quality of work and overall experience. If you’re looking for duct cleaning progressional, look no further.
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Joe W.
Excellent service! Tamas showed up on time and did a great job of cleaning the duct. He is very professional and knowledgeable. Would definitely use him again!
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Divya A.
Tim is a complete professional. Very responsive, punctual, excellent work ethic, and value for money. He did a fantastic job cleaning out all our ducts. Highly recommended.
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Daniel B.
Explosion came out the following day and cleaned all the ducts in my new house. Though they probably hadnt been cleaned in 20 years, Explosion was able to remove all dust and debris. Very satisfied and will use every year in the future.
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Melanie S.
Ducts and Such did a great job. Quick and efficient. I would hire them again. We just moved into our home and knew it needed a thorough cleaning and they did just that I would highly recommend them to my family and friends.
Ducts and Such LLCDucts and Such LLC
Sanjay S.
Technician arrived at my place today and explained the process. However, at last he asked $499 for cleaning but they promised over phone for all duct and vent cleaning for $199. It's difficult to work on price at the last moment and deal with it, especially where the cost has increased more than 100%. They should be fair about their cost and if their work is worth $499 then it should have told us before.
Lux DuctLux Duct
Thumbtack Customer
Tamas was great. Easy to schedule and great communication leading up to the service. The price he quoted was the price we paid - even though our 40 year old air ducts had never been cleaned. The service also included a dryer vent cleaning, although we didn't need it since we're having a new dryer and vent installed today. He even cleaned out the bathroom fans, which was above and beyond! We're very pleased with the service and with Tamas and would definitely hire him again.
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic Company! I needed someone on short notice to clean my dryer vent duct and ended up having Tamas do the whole house. Excellent, hard-working and honest man. He arrived at the agreed upon time, and when the job took much longer than he expected, he did the job thoroughly and without cutting corners. He also noticed problems with my HVAC that were brewing and was able to point them out before I had an emergency this winter. He also was able to point out a fire hazard with my dryer install and correct that problem. He was very upbeat, pleasant, respectful and did an excellent job. He took before and after pictures of my ducts so I could see how clean they ended up. He went well beyond the job he was hired for and takes pride in the quality of his work. He is priced fairly and didn't try to squeeze for the extra work he did beyond what was more than reasonable. I would absolutely hire him again and actually set up an appointment to have him come back next year.
M.A.C. MasterM.A.C. Master
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