3 questions to ask your air duct cleaning company
During the colder months of the year, it’s important to remember the importance of inspecting your furnace and air duct system.
Having a clean air duct system can help your furnace heat your home more efficiently by moving the air throughout the home more effectively; and therefore, may reduce your energy costs. Regular cleaning of your ducts can also remove dirt, dander and allergens that can accumulate in your duct system as air circulates.
The National Air Duct Cleaner’s Association (NADCA) suggests you might be a candidate for air duct cleaning if you have pets, recent construction/remodeling in your home, smoking in the home, a family member that suffers from indoor allergies, dust blowing out of your vents, or if you have never had your air ducts cleaned.
Scheduling and receiving your furnace and air duct system cleaning shouldn’t be a hassle. Here are three questions you should ask and answers you should look for:
1. “How does your company perform the air duct and furnace cleaning service?”
The business should follow the guidelines of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) for effective air duct cleaning. This includes cleaning both supply and return air ducts, cleaning and replacing all registers and grills, and sealing the access panel according to NADCA Standards.
Specialized tools would allow the business to safely and effectively clean all types of duct work. Portable vacuum collection devices, while smaller and able to be brought into the home, are generally less powerful than truck mounted equipment.
2. “Tell me about your company and the technicians that will be doing the service.”
Are they background checked? Insured and bonded? Professionally trained and experienced? Has the company been around for a significant time and does it hold a strong reputation as a quality company who stands behind their work? Is their air duct cleaning process consistent with NADCA recommendations?
3. “Describe the price range for my scheduled service.”
Pricing should be in a comparable range with other reputable service providers in the area. Angie’s List tells me that last year their members paid an average of $368.95, which doesn’t factor in discounts. Our company charges an average of $340.70. If a company quotes you a special amazingly low price, be very cautious. Pay for quality reputable service providers that you know and trust.
Don’t be fooled by the super low priced bait-and-switch companies. A trusted reputable company will only offer you services and products that can increase the efficiency of your air duct system and improve the indoor air quality for your home.
Do your research and use a quality company that specializes in safe and effective air duct cleaning and treat your family to cleaner indoor air to breathe.