Avoid ductwork cleaning scams
It is normal you might want to clean the system that delivers the air you and your family breathe, even if just from time to time. A lot of people confessed that such a thing brings great improvement to the quality of your household environment. Even though there\’s no scientific evidence that regular duct cleaning improves air quality, according to a 1997 brochure published by the Environmental Protection Agency both EPA and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association – which represents more than 1,000 cleaning companies nationwide – agree that there\’s some value in the work.
However you should be careful not to fall victim to a classic scam revolving ductwork cleaning.
The typical scenario is this: You find a brochure or maybe an ad in a newspaper or on the internet about a neat company offering to clean the air ducts at your home for a special price of only 100$. You think you just got yourself a bargain and you call them and set an appointment.
Once they arrive at your house, they will present you their offer and possibly try to convince you to purchase some of their other services that are related to improving air quality in your house.
The representative of the company will probably talk to you about mold remediation and carpet cleaning and all at such a low price you’ll have to be crazy to say no. They will actually try to make you pay hundreds of additional dollars for services you don’t want or don’t even need.
Even if you won’t fall for their schemes, the quality of their ductwork cleaning might leave your system in an even poorer condition than it was.
A reputable company will charge $400 to $1,000 to clean the ducts in a typical 2,000-square-foot house, says the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). A quality job should take two pros, who’ll use specialized tools, about 8 to 15 hours to complete.
Therefore, don’t let yourself be fooled when you’ll be promised a quality cleaning at a low cost in only a couple of hours even when they argue it takes less time because of the larger team they use.
Also , you should remember that a qualified team will first spend some time to inspect your ducts before encouraging you to buy their services.
What other things you should know in order to avoid being scammed?
When you are choosing a company you might want to refer to the NADCA website or get some referrals from the company that services your furnace.
Before you sign a contract, ask for evidence of contamination, including a lab report if mold is a concern. And be sure the company cleans the entire HVAC system, including the ducts, heat exchanger, and air handler.
Insist on transparency about the cleaning methods and products that are going to be used to clean your air ducts.
After the work has been completed, insist on a thorough visual inspection—all components of the HVAC system should be free of visible dust and debris. A top-shelf pro might even use remote photography to show you the clean ducts.
And remember : Do not assume that every company that advertises air duct cleaning services has the necessary level of expertise to get the job done right. Do not hesitate to verify accreditation and ask for references.