We speak a lot on this blog about the importance of keeping your ducts clean. There are numerous health benefits for you and your family from removing all of the dust and dander that collects over time. However, many new homeowners have trouble knowing when to have them cleaned and how the process works. We have compiled a list of the top 5 Frequently Asked Questions for new homeowners who may be on the fence about having their ducts cleaned.
1. Why Should I Get My Ducts Cleaned?
Indoor air quality is an important part of keeping your home clean and allergy free. The best way to ensure high quality air is to have your system cleaned by Duct Dynasty. Dirty ducts have many particulates that circulate in the air multiple times a day as your system continues to cool down your home. Even if you change your filter regularly, dirt still will collect in your system from normal use. On top of circulating dirty air, systems that have not been cleaned in awhile tend to have to work harder to cool your home efficiently.This will cause them to draw more power, which will raise your electric bill. This extra use will also cause the system to wear out faster and cost you even more money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, families can cut their energy bill by as much as 20% to 30% by simply doing proper HVAC system maintenance, including air duct cleaning.
2, How Long Will It Take?
Air duct cleaning is not a “one-size-fits-all” service, and the amount of time it takes to clean an HVAC system depends on many factors such as the size of the home, the number of HVAC systems, the type of ductwork in the home, the extent of contamination, and the number of technicians needed for the job.
3. How Much Will It Cost?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), properly cleaning the air conditioning system in an average-sized home typically ranges from $450 to $1,000. As we mentioned before, duct cleaning is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and there are several factors that affect cost. For instance, air duct cleaning for a 10,000-square-foot home with three HVAC systems will cost quite a bit more than a 2,000 square-foot home with a single unit. The lower energy use by a clean system will help save money in the future making it all worthwhile.
4. How Often Should I have My Ducts Cleaned?
How frequently you have your system cleaned depends on several factors such as whether or not there are smokers in the household, residents who often suffer from allergies or asthma, or pets that shed lots of hair and dander. Also, if there has been recent home renovations or remodels that cause extra contaminants in the duct work. To maintain an efficient HVAC system, It is recommended having your system inspected every 3- 5 years depending on the factors listed above.
5. What Should I Look For when Hiring A Contractor?Beware of the “blow and go” $99 air duct cleaning scams. These companies clean a fraction of your system and can cause more problems than they solve. Instead, look for companies that are NADCA certified such as Duct Dynasty. This certification means that the company you hire will have to adhere to strict guidelines that guarantee you get a high quality, full system HVAC cleaning. Many NADCA certified companies such as Duct Dynasty offer free inspections beforehand so you always know the condition of your system.
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