Our Blog is Back! HVAC/Duct Cleaning Questions Answered

  • By Air Care Wizard
  • Posted January 15, 2016
Air Duct Cleaning in Progress

Thank heavens for a new blog post.  It seems that our last post was in July of 2015.  While we haven't been attending to our blog, we have been developing a brand new site and training a great group of new employees.  That said, today's post isn't about any of that.  This post, as with many future posts, will be a light-hearted look at some of the questions that we receive in regard to our services and the industry in which we operate.

Before we begin, I will introduce myself.  Being the inquisitive type, I like to know a little bit about people before I take their advice.  I'm Jonathan, and have been with Air Care Wizard since January of 2013.  Starting out as a helper, I worked my way up to a supervisory role and continue to help manage day-to-day operations.  Enough about me, though.  Let's move on to the meat and potatoes. Shall we?

Some of the more common questions that we receive from clients concerns duct cleaning, its cost, and its benefits.  There is a lot of misinformation floating around the internet related to hvac/duct cleaning.  During a recent phone call with a client, I was asked about the cost of duct cleaning and why it varied so greatly from business to business.  I asked about what experiences led her to that conclusion. She stated that in years prior, she had seen advertisements for duct cleaning that offered "whole house cleaning" for a mere 99 dollars.  The quotes that she received from businesses in town appeared to be much greater than 99 dollars.  What this client saw was something that causes most duct/hvac cleaning contractors to cringe.  These specials are usually advertised by "fly by night" companies that have no intention of providing a quality service or adding value for the customer.  Typically, the 99 dollar special turns into an 800-2000 dollar job due to "add-ons" and "special terms."  As with any contractor, you get what you pay for.  For a quality contractor that has skilled staff, it's unreasonable to be able to charge 99 dollars for a service that takes 4-6 hours to do properly.  If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Another frequently asked question has to do with how long a duct/hvac cleaning will "last" after it is performed.  NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) states that:

Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the home owner. Some of the things that may lead a home owner to consider more frequent cleaning include:

• Smokers in the household.

• Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander.

• Water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system.

• Residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the home’s HVAC system.

• After home renovations or remodeling.

• Prior to occupancy of a new home.

We've found that a duct cleaning can last between 4-6 years when the homeowner is diligent in changing filters and maintaining their system.  That said, each system and home is different. 

Thanks for checking out our blog and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about HVAC system cleaning.  Stay warm!

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