Air Duct Cleaning Cost

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Air Duct Cleaning Cost

Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?

Understanding of air duct cleaning is in its early stages, so a blanket recommendation cannot be provided as to whether you should have your air ducts in your home cleaned. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges you to read this document in its entirety as it provides important information on the topic.

Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts. This is because much of the dirt in air ducts adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living area. It is important to remember that dirty air ducts are only one of several possible sources of particles which are found in homes. Pollutants that enter the home both from outdoors and indoor activities like cooking, cleaning, smoking, or just moving around can cause greater exposure to contaminants than dirty air ducts. There is not any evidence that a light amount of household dust or other particulate matter in air ducts poses any risk.

You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:
There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection
Many sections of your heating and cooling system might not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.

You must be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation. For about $50, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample is mold or simply.

If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.

If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.
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Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects).

Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.

If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually indicates one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacement of your ducts, causes or the cause must be corrected or else the problem will probably recur.

Some research indicates that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) can improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer working life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings. However, little evidence is that the system’s efficiency wills improve.

You might consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should be occasionally cleaned. No evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental. EPA does not recommend that the air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only as needed. EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you do choose to have your air ducts cleaned, take exactly the identical customer precautions you normally would in assessing the service provider’s competence and reliability.

Air duct cleaning service providers may tell you that they need to apply a chemical biocide to the inside of your ducts as a means to kill bacteria (germs) and fungi (mold) and prevent future biological growth. They may also suggest the application of a”sealant” to prevent dust and dirt particles from being released into the air or to seal air leaks. You should fully understand the pros and cons of permitting application of sealants or chemical biocides. While the use of chemical biocides and sealants may be appropriate under certain circumstances, research hasn’t demonstrated their effectiveness in duct cleaning or their possible health effects. No chemical biocides are currently registered by EPA for use in internally-insulated air duct systems.

Whether or not you choose to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, preventing dirt and water from getting into the system is the most effective method to prevent contamination.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. Many companies are marketing services and products meant to improve the quality of your indoor air. You’ve probably seen an advertisement, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home’s indoor air quality. These services generally — but not always – range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per cooling and heating system, depending The services offered

  • The size of the system to be cleaned
  • System accessibility
  • Climatic region
  • Degree of contamination
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living area. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. If you choose to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it is important to make sure that the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so. Failure can result thus negating any potential benefits. Methods of duct cleaning vary, although standards have been established by industry associations concerned with air duct cleaning. Typically, a service provider will use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts, then vacuum them out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.

Additionally, the service provider may propose applying chemical biocides, designed to kill microbiological contaminants, to the inside of the duct work and to other system components. Some service providers may also suggest applying chemical treatments (sealants or other encapsulants) to encapsulate or cover the inside surfaces of the air ducts and equipment housings because they believe it will control mold growth or prevent the release of dirt particles or fibers from ducts. These practices have to be fully researched and you should be fully informed before deciding to permit the use of chemical treatments or biocides . They should be implemented, if at all, after the system has been cleaned of all visible dust or debris.

Deciding Whether or Not to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Understanding of the potential benefits and possible problems of air duct cleaning is limited. Since conditions in every home are different, it is not possible to generalize about whether or not air duct cleaning in your home would be beneficial.

If no one in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and if, after a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold (no musty odor or visible mold growth), having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. It is common for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned.

On the other hand, if family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be linked to your home environment, you should discuss the problem with your doctor. EPA has released the following books for advice on identifying potential indoor air quality problems and ways to prevent or fix them.

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Indoor Air Quality: An Introduction for Health Professionals

You might consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should occasionally be cleaned. While the debate about the value of periodic duct cleaning continues, no evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental, provided that it is done properly.

On the other hand, if a service provider fails to follow proper duct cleaning procedures, duct cleaning can cause indoor air problems. By way of example, an inadequate vacuum collection system can release more dust, dirt and other contaminants than if you had left the ducts alone. A 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 replacements.
You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:

There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection
Many sections of your heating and cooling system might not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.

You must be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation. For about $50, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample is mold or simply.

If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.

If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.
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Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects)

Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.

Other Important Considerations

Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts or go down after cleaning. This is because much of the dirt that may accumulate inside air ducts adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living area. It is important to remember that dirty air ducts are only one of several potential sources of particles which are found in homes. Pollutants that enter the home both from outdoors and indoor activities like cooking, cleaning, smoking, or just moving around can cause greater exposure to contaminants than dirty air ducts. There is not any evidence that a light amount of household dust or other particulate matter in air ducts poses any risk to health.

EPA does not recommend that air ducts be cleaned except on an as-needed basis due to the continuing uncertainty about the benefits of duct cleaning under most circumstances. EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. Some research also suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of cooling and heating systems. However, little evidence exists to indicate that simply cleaning the duct system will increase the efficiency of your system.

If you think duct cleaning might be a good idea for your home, but you are not sure, talk to a professional. Might be a good source of advice. You might also want to contact professional duct cleaning service providers and ask them about the services they provide. Remember, they are trying to sell you a service, so ask questions and insist on complete and knowledgeable answers.

Suggestions for Choosing a Duct Cleaning Service Provider

To discover companies that provide duct cleaning services, check your Yellow Pages under”duct cleaning” or contact the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) in the address and telephone number in the information section located at the end of this guidance. Do not assume that all duct cleaning service providers are equally knowledgeable and responsible. Talk to at least three different service providers and get written estimates. Ask them to show you the contamination which would justify having your ducts cleaned, After the service providers come to your home.

Don’t hire duct cleaners who make sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning — such claims are unsubstantiated. Don’t hire. You should be wary. Note: duct cleaning standards are neither established by EPA nor certifies, endorses, or approves cleaning companies.

Don’t allow the use of chemical biocides or chemical treatments unless you fully understand the pros and the cons.

Check references to be sure other customers were satisfied and did not encounter any problems with their heating and cooling system after cleaning.

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