Our air ducts are connected to the HVAC systems throughout the home that helps us control the climate all year round. They mostly take care of themselves and are extremely low maintenance. However, they do need to be cleaned every three-to-five months. Otherwise, allergens like mold spores, pet dander, pets droppings, and dust can gather and will be distributed throughout the home, causing a whole host of health risks.
Here, we’re going to look at the questions you need to ask when it comes time to schedule an air duct cleaning and you’re looking for professionals to get the job done.
Are They Insured and Certified?
This is an essential step and should not be skipped under any circumstances. An insured company has liability insurance. This means that if their services cause any damage to the home or your HVAC systems, you won’t be paying for it. What’s more, being registered and certified means that they are trained and equipped to deal with HVAC equipment. If they’re not certified, there’s no guarantee that they know just what they’re doing. There is no 100% guarantee you will be happy with the service provided, but certification is a good indicator of reliability.
Do They Have Good Reviews?
The internet has made it easier than ever to get the “skinny” on any company or service. Many air duct cleaning services will list testimonials on their site, which can be helpful. However, it’s a good idea to look at external sites for unbiased, third-party reviews. The occasional negative review doesn’t have to be a deal breaker, but if you do encounter them, read them closely to see how severe the customer’s issues with the company were and if any other past customers share those concerns.
Are There Any Hidden Costs?
When looking for an air duct cleaning, it’s a good idea to collect quotes from a few different companies to see what the average price is. If a company doesn’t provide any kind of estimate, you won’t know how much the service is going to cost you. Some companies will provide a charge for the whole procedure, while others will charge by the hour, in which case you should ask how long you can expect the cleaning to take. Ask them about any additional costs and check their catalog to see if they list regularly associated costs for their services.
When to Schedule an Air Duct Cleaning
Is it time you arranged an air duct cleaning? Besides having one every three-to-five months, you should schedule a cleaning if:
- You see signs of mold or mildew around vents,
- People experience allergic reactions (runny noses, red eyes, coughing fits) in the home,
- You have just bought a new home,
- You have had a recent pest problem in your home, specifically in the ducts,
- There is a musty smell coming from your ducts.
An air duct cleaning is an essential part of HVAC maintenance and of keeping a healthy home. Besides a professional cleaning, remember to replace any air filters in your HVAC systems around every three years.
If you need to clean your air ducts, contact us to find out more about it. Our professional staff is trained to help you in the whole process and maintenance.