Air Duct Cleaning
All Certified Personnel
Todd St. Ores ASCS*
David Meyering ASCS*
Nathan Noa ASCS*
Sam Seeber ASCS*
Kevin Roberts ASCS*
*Air Systems Cleaning Specialists
According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the Environmental Protection Agency says that “duct cleaning services typically – but not always – range in cost from $450 to $1000 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climactic region, and level of contamination” and type of duct material.
Look for a Trained & Certified Company
NADCA further advises that consumers should beware of air duct cleaning companies that make sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning – such claims are unsubstantiated. Consumers should also beware of “blow-and-go” air duct cleaning companies. These companies often charge a nominal fee and do a poor job of cleaning the heating and cooling system. These companies may also persuade the consumer into unneeded services with and/or without their permission.
NADCA suggests interviewing as many local contractors as you can. Ask them to come to your home and perform a system inspection and give you a quotation. To narrow down your pool of potential contractors, use the following pre-qualifications:
● Make sure the company is a member in good standing of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).
● See if the company has been in business long enough to have adequate experience.
● Inquire whether the company is in good standing with your local Better Business Bureau.
● Get proof that the company is properly licensed and adequately insured.
● Verify that the company is certified by NADCA to perform HVAC system cleaning.
● Make sure that the company is going to clean and visually inspect all of the air ducts and related system components.
● Avoid advertisements for “$99 whole house specials” and other sales gimmicks.
● Ask if the company has the right equipment to effectively perform cleaning, and if the company has done work in homes similar to yours. Get references from neighbors if possible.
Additional information and consumer tips are available at the NADCA website at www.nadca.com or call NADCA at (202) 737-2926.
According to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation DRPR businesses that clean central air and heat ducts for compensation (which requires partial disassembly of any part of the HVAC system, such as removal of air grills) require a state license.
Hey, are you wondering about this $89 “whole house” duct cleaning that is in the paper several times a week? Seems too good to be true doesn’t it? Or, maybe it’s only $59 this week. Who knows – it often changes with every new ad in the paper. You can eliminate the risk by looking for a Duct Cleaning company that is certified by NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association.) The companies that are “NADCA certified” for duct cleaning have technicians that are trained, tested, & sworn to uphold a code of conduct in the Marketplace. Please don’t believe that you can get a “Whole House” service done for $69 – $89. With today’s labor costs you can’t even get a service truck to leave the shop for that price.
Everybody wants to believe that the $89 “bait & switch” special will make some sort of improvement in your dust, mold, allergies or energy bills, but there are specific industry methods & standards (ACR-2006) that are established to ensure the best cleaning process.
Be aware of ‘on the spot’ scheduling or sales pressure before you can get the real scoop on what procedure is required and don’t buy into scare tactics.
“Black Mold” is not fatal if you breathe it in. Very clear health concerns can be identified through proper testing & inspection of your home or office. And get this; NADCA even has a written schedule for suggested inspections & appropriate corrective actions.
You should not be shocked to learn that this bait & switch scheme is being reported all over the country & consumer groups are standing by as 1,000’s of elderly homeowners or unknowledgeable consumers are getting ripped off. Call a service company that you trust & ask who they recommend if they don’t provide the service. You can also go to the BBB website & see if they have guidelines or warnings.
NADCA has an entire section of their website dedicated to the education of consumers so that you know what to expect on price, time, & end results.