Questions to Ask When Hiring a Duct Cleaning Contractor

When you enlist the help of professional duct cleaning services, we recommend that you ask a few important questions:

  • Do my ducts really need cleaning?
  • How much of my duct system will you clean?
  • Are you qualified to clean my duct system?
  • How will you clean my ducts?
  • How will I know that my ducts are clean once you’re done?

Do My Ducts Really Need Cleaning?
There is no set schedule for having ducts cleaned.  Ducts should be cleaned whenever they get dirty and full of debris.  Things to look for?  A foul odor, excessive dust in the home or the onset of breathing problems or allergies are all potentially signs of dirty ducts.

Your professional duct cleaning service do a video examination of your ducts to determine if they need to be cleaned.

How Much Of My Duct System Will You Clean?
A duct cleaning should include the entire duct system.  If any portions are not cleaned, contamination from those portions could affect the rest of the system and decrease your indoor air quality.

Are You Qualified To Clean All Components Of My Duct System?
There are many certifications that a duct cleaning service can possess.  Yours should be an Air System Cleaning Specialist (ASCS).  This is a prerequisite for other certifications such as Ventilation System Mold Remediator (VSMR) and Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI).

Your contractor should also be familiar with all National Air Ducts Cleaners Association (NADCA) standards.

How Will You Clean My Ducts?
Your professional duct cleaning service may use tools to remove debris, and then vacuum it out. Or, it may use chemical treatments to destroy microbiological contaminants, or cover the inside surfaces of the air ducts to manage mold growth and reduce the amount of dirt or fibers that get discharged into your home.

How Will I Know That My Ducts Are Clean Once You’re Done?
Compare before and after footage of your duct inspection to see that your ducts are truly clean.  This is the best way to ensure that the dirt, dust and debris have been removed.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about hiring HVAC contractors and other HVAC topics, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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