Top 3 Questions Asked About Professional Air Duct Cleaning
“Out of sight, out of mind” is usually how it goes with your air ducts. That’s totally fine, because typically when the time comes to clean your air ducts, its often your nose that detects it first. You might notice a change in smell in the air, or you might be more “stuffy nosed” and not breathing as well. By the time you can physically see the dirt piling up in your vents, it is probably time to call for help. But where to begin? Here’s the most frequently asked questions the professionals at Bonded hear regarding air duct and dryer vent cleaning.
#1 How Often Should I Clean The Air Ducts In My Home?
There are a few key factors that determine how often you should clean your air ducts. If someone in your houshold has allergies, the quality of air in your home contributes to their quality of life. Dust mites, pest feces and all sorts of allergens can pile up inside your air ducts and effect the air in your home and increase a person’s allergy symptoms. If you have pets, the fur and dander can pile up in air ducts, too. In addition to those suffering from allergies, children and elderly folks may also be effected by poor air quality caused by dirty air vents. With that said, we recommend “on average” having your air ducts inspected every 2 years. If any of the above factors are in your home, then you may want to do so more often. Also, it is good practice to change out the air filters in your home every two years.
#2 What Questions Should I Ask When Hiring A Good Professional Air Duct Cleaning Service?
Start by checking with the Better Business Bureau to ensure there are no complaints on file…that is a clear sign that the air duct cleaning company does not deserve your business. Next, call and ask about air duct inspections and confirm that they have a professional video camera for air duct cleaning . A good company uses a camera to get a comprehensive look inside your air ducts and can determine if an air duct cleaning is actually required. At Bonded Carpet, the air duct cleaning technicians have a standard letter they provide to customers stating that “After a thorough inspection they have determined you do not need professional air duct cleaning at this time”. A reputable company will never clean air ducts that don’t need to be cleaned!
#3 How Do You Clean Air Ducts & How Long Will It Take?
First, the technician will remove all of the vents in your home. Next, they use a professional air duct cleaning vacuum to remove everything that is piled up in there. Once all the contaminants are removed, the technician utilizes an air duct cleaning brush to complete the cleaning process. Finally, the technician cleans the air vents and installs them back onto the walls. The entire process usually takes about 2 hours in an average size home with about 7 vents. For a home with 11+ vents, plan for 3+ hours.