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Air Duct Cleaning: A Trick or Legit?

10/8/2014

Valerie Johannsen People & Brand Manager

There are many so-called “duct cleaning” companies that advertise their services for $149, $49, or even less. Beware of these “deals,” not only because they are a bait-and-switch deal, but because any duct cleaning service that costs less than $200 is a complete waste of money.

Service Legends conducts a whole house duct cleaning service, which requires many hours of hard work, advanced equipment, and expert knowledge. But, once it is done, you know that you got what you paid for.

The EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) states that a duct cleaning service, “providing that it is done properly”, will take 3 to 8 hours and will “range in cost from $450.00 to $1,000.00 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 cheap air duct cleaning coupons have been the subject of many undercover investigations. It is a typical bait-and-switch operation, where the customer is “baited” by the low air duct cleaning offer, only to be told that they need other, more expensive, services such as mold removal (the “switch”).

A proper duct cleaning job, or what we like to refer to as “source removal,” includes “all components of the system.” As the EPA reports, “failure to clean the components of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits.”

Clean HVAC systems can also perform more efficiently, which may decrease energy costs, and last longer, reducing the need for costly replacement or repairs. Duct cleaning does get rid of the stuff that mold and bacteria grow on, and that means less of it gets airborne, a boon to allergy sufferers.

You may think that air filters prevent dust and debris from streaming into the air you breath; however, most filters cannot prevent allergy-inducing molds, mites, and bacteria from entering your home.

Here are some ways you can tell if you need a professional duct cleaning:

  1. If someone in your house is suffering from frequent allergy attacks
  2. If you see cobwebs, hair, or other bits of dust and debris blowing out of your registers
  3. If there is visible mold inside and around the edge of your ducts
  4. If you suspect animal infestation or nesting in your ducts
  5. If you have recently done extensive remodeling in your home. Ducts should be covered during any home remodeling.
  6. If you look into your duct with a flashlight and see dust bunnies, objects, dirt, and debris.
  7. You don’t remember the last time your ducts were thoroughly cleaned

If you really want to see what is inside your supply and return ducts, locate your vent registers and remove the grill plate with a screwdriver. Then, take your iPhone or camera with a flash and reach into the duct as far as you can and snap a couple of pictures. If your photos reveal dust and debris buildup, it’s time for a professional cleaning from the technicians at Service Legends!

Give us 4 Hours with Your Filthy Air Ducts and we’ll help you:

  • Avoid headaches, sleep problems, allergies and more
  • Unclog sinuses that cause pain, drowsiness, and mental confusion
  • Increase energy efficiency and save you money on your energy bill
  • Eliminate the resistance and blockage of airflow that robs your furnace and air conditioner of top efficiency
  • Reduce costly repairs and breakdowns

Thank you for making Service Legends the #1 provider of residential heating and air conditioning in the Des Moines area. Our lines are open 24/7 at 515-COMFORT (515.266.3678).

Service Legends is a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)*

*NADCA’s mission is to represent qualified companies engaged in the inspection, maintenance and restoration of HVAC systems, promote source removal as the only acceptable method of cleaning, establish industry standards for the association, and assist NADCA members in providing high-quality service to their customers.

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