(WGGB) — As the weather gets colder, you turn the heat back on and that means warm air is moving through ducts that haven’t had air flowing through them in months.
So, is there value in cleaning your home’s air ducts?
Air duct cleaning is designed to remove air-borne dust and debris from the air duct system components of HVAC, forced air systems, gravity heaters, and other related systems, and while there is no scientific evidence that regular duct cleaning improves air quality, some consumers have reported that when they have their ducts cleaned, they experience fewer allergy symptoms and cleaner air.
There are a couple of ways to tell if your air ducts are dirty.
Dave Adams, who owns an air duct cleaning business, explains, “One of the easiest ways to find out is to take the vent cover off, stick a camera phone down there and take a picture. They are going to be able to see down the duct. Another sign is if the house is dusty a day or two after cleaning the house.”
Angie’s List says you must do your research when hiring to ensure you are working with a reputable contractor.
Beware of bait-and-switch tactics that advertise an unbelievably low rate and then immediately start tacking on up-charges or using scare tactics.
“One of the more common things that we hear about with air duct cleaning comes down to pricing. It’s important for consumers to get written in-home estimates because a lot of times air duct cleaning is based on either the square footage of the home or the number of vents. A typical air duct cleaning might cost anywhere from $300-$500. If you find you’re being offered a really low price, you’re going to want to question it,” adds Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.
Qualified air duct cleaners will follow strict standards set by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.
Allowing an unqualified contractor to clean your ducts could be worse than not having them cleaned at all.
More particles could be broken up and released into your home or your HVAC system could be damaged.