The Facts About Duct Cleaning
How Much Should Duct Cleaning Cost?
Due to the increased awareness and concern that indoor air pollution is a major contributor to many of our health-related issues, many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve and help control indoor air pollution. You have seen the advertisements offering to clean your ducts at discounted prices, sometimes as low as $120! These advertisements may also claim that clean ducts means relief from allergies. But can you get allergy relief from discount duct cleaning? Do your ducts need to be cleaned? Can air ducts be cleaned properly for under $200.00? How do you know if the duct-cleaning job is being done properly and you are getting your money's worth? Read on!
Duct Cleaning And Allergy Relief
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you have your air ducts and your heating and cooling system inspected first by a Professional Heating and Cooling Contractor, as in many cases, this cleaning is unnecessary. If after this inspection however, you discover that your air ducts have substantial visible mold, dust, dirt and other contaminants or a musty odor, a professional will recommend duct cleaning. This is especially important if someone in your household suffers from asthma, allergies or other symptoms that may be related to indoor air pollution. Although duct cleaning alone has never been shown to actually prevent health problems, it is an important step in a whole-house air cleaning strategy.
Much of the dirt and dust that accumulates in the ducts adheres to the duct surfaces and to the furnace and air conditioning components. This does not mean that it necessarily becomes airborne and enters our breathing space. However, this accumulation is a perfect breeding ground for mold, bacteria, dust mites and other fungi that are definite sources of indoor air pollution. There are many other sources of indoor air pollution that can be controlled with the whole-house, duct-mounted air cleaning systems available through One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.
ONE HOUR SYSTEM: Proper Duct Cleaning Procedures
It is very important when choosing a duct-cleaning service provider that they follow proper duct-cleaning procedures as recommended by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). According to the EPA: "A careless or inadequately- trained service provider can damage your ducts or heating and cooling system, possibly increasing your heating and air conditioning costs or forcing you to undertake difficult and costly repairs or replacement."
The low priced "blow-and-go" guys will scam the customer into believing that a proper job has been done when their inadequate system and procedures can actually make the problem worse. For example, many duct cleaners are not licensed HVAC contractors and are not qualified to service any of your HVAC equipment. So, they may vacuum out the ducts and vents, but they should not touch any of the component parts of the heating and cooling system. However, these parts are also dirty, which means the job is only half done. This would be like changing the oil in your car without replacing the oil filter. Also, inadequate vacuum systems and the lack of proper duct-cleaning brushes and tools can release more dust, dirt and other contaminants than if you had left the ducts alone. The job may be cheap and fast, but it's just a waste of time and money and can cause additional problems rather than prevent them.
One Hour IAQ contractors use the Source Removal System, designed by one of the nation's leading duct-cleaning equipment manufacturers. This ensures that the proper equipment and procedures are being used to do a complete and thorough air-duct and furnace- component cleaning job. Specialized tools, such as the spinning brush shown below, are used to dislodge dirt and debris in the ducts and on the components of the HVAC system. Then the high-powered vacuum system ensures complete removal of this loosened dirt and debris.
Since our One Hour IAQ experts are also qualified HVAC contractors, they will check the safety and performance of your heating and cooling unit, as well as clean and maintain your entire system.
Expected Customer Investment For Proper Duct Cleaning
Don't be fooled by the $200 duct cleanings. These "blow-and-go" guys are usually in and out of your home in less than an hour-and-a-half. This is not enough time to do anything remotely close to a complete job and is a waste of your hard-earned dollars.
The EPA states that a duct-cleaning service, "providing that it is done properly," will take three to eight hours and will "range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, the climate region and level of contamination."
The EPA also says that a properly completed duct-cleaning job should include the cleaning of "all components of the system … and failure to clean the components of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits."
You work hard for your money! Make sure that the duct-cleaning service provider that you choose gives you your money's worth. Call today to schedule an inspection by a One Hour IAQ contractor to give you the confidence you need to ensure that the service provided is complete and will protect your investment.