With air duct cleaning advertisments ranging in price from $88 – $450 – $1,000, it is quite difficult to guess who is right when it comes to the true cost of air duct cleaning. In the 1997 article entitled; “Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?” The EPA states that a duct-cleaning service, “providing that it is done properly,” will take three to eight hours and will “range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, the climate region and level of contamination.”
The EPA also says that a properly completed duct-cleaning job should include the cleaning of “all components of the system … and failure to clean the components of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits.”
Don’t be fooled by the under $200 duct cleanings. These “blow-and-go” guys are usually in and out of your home in less than an hour-and-a-half. This is not enough time to do anything remotely close to a complete job and is a waste of your hard-earned dollars. Professional duct cleaners usually take roughly one hour just for setup!..that time doesn’t include the actual cleaning or take down.
Here are a few reasons on price differences.
- Does the Advertised Price Include Cleaning ALL the Air Ducts?
Read the ad carefully. If it only includes the first 10 vents, then count how many you have. Also, there is generally a hot and cold air return (main trunk lines), are both included in the price? If not, ask how much to clean the other one. Remember, the cold air return is usually the dirtiest.
- Is a Having a Video Camera Inserted into Your Air Ducts Worth the Additional Cost?
For some the answer is yes, others feel it is over-kill or even a gimmick.
- Is Furnace Cleaning Included in the Price?
If there was no mention of cleaning the furnace in the ad, assume it is not included. Ask how much more it will cost you to have this cleaned. Manufacturers recommend an annual cleaning, and most professionals agree that not cleaning the furnace may recontaminate your clean air ducts.
- Is Certification by a “For-Profit” Association Necessary?
You might find peace of mind in a nationally certified air duct cleaner, but be prepared to pay a higher price. The membership to these organizations is very expensive. Ultimately, someone has to pay for it.
- What type of equipment?
This is important. You need to know exactly what type of machines are being used for your quote. Most professional duct cleaning equipment is gasoline and runs between 2-6 hours.. that’s costly to operate. Smaller companies use smaller electric powered equipment which allow for a cheaper run cost.
- How many people do the cleaning?
Some companies send just one staff or contractor to your home which would cut the cost, while professional duct cleaners usually send 2-3 staff members and could be a reason for a slight higher price.
- Should i pay more for quality and reputation?
Another important point .. Professional duct cleaning companies that have built a strong reputation from the years of service and positive feedback will normally charge you more. While companies lacking these two features will normally charge you a lower price to help them get in the door.
- DID THERE REFERENCES CHECK OUT?
This is crucial. What do past customers say about them? Would they use their services again? Did the quoted price match the final bill?