Why Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?
Your air ducts are just like the filter on your dryer machine—they get dirty overtime. Not only do they collect dirt, air ducts can harbor debris, dust, insects, rodents, and mold. Having air ducts properly cleaned by a professional service provider does two things: rids the unit of troublesome contaminants and ensures it continues operating efficiently.
How Often Should My Air Ducts Be Cleaned?
Ideally, as long as the system is maintained and has a high efficiency filter, HVAC systems and air ducts should be cleaned every 2 to 5 years, depending on the year the system was installed and the air quality of your location. With Boston’s air quality, aim for every 3 years, especially when there is an increased amount of pollen.
How Much Should I Pay to Have Air Ducts Cleaned?
You may have seen advertisements, received a coupon in the mail, or have been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts for a low, low price. However, the reality is that these services typically cost anywhere from $450 to $1000 per heating and cooling system. The size of the system being cleaned, accessibility to the system, climatic region, and level of contamination all factor into pricing.
How Do I Choose a Duct Cleaning Service Provider?
You may be surprised by how many professional duct cleaning service providers there are in Boston! Check for who is best for you by visiting Yellow Pages and search for “duct cleaning.” Or you can contact the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) to see a list of verified providers.
Don’t assume that all air duct cleaning service providers are equally knowledgeable and responsible. It’s recommended to talk to at least 3 service providers and compare their written estimates side-by-side before deciding on who will be cleaning your air ducts. When the services providers come to your residence or business, ask them to show you the condition of the air ducts prior to cleaning to justify whether or not you need the ducts cleaned at all.
(Source: EPA.GOV, http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html#what_to_expect)
(Source: EPA.GOV, http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html#how_to_determine)
(Source: EPA.GOV, http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html#how_to_prevent)