FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there any health benefits that come from HVAC system cleaning?

YES

  • Regular cleaning can improve indoor air quality
  • Can get rid of mold, bacteria, dust, and odor

Will HVAC system cleaning reduce our home energy bills?

YES

  • A clean system runs more efficiently
  • Can prevent the system from breaking down

How should a residential HVAC system be cleaned?

  • By the use of a specialized, powerful vacuum that hooks up to the system to create negative pressure
  • The vacuum draws air through the system
  • Devices are inserted into ducts to dislodge debris
  • The debris then travels down the ducts into the vacuum

How often should residential HVAC systems be cleaned?

  • Typically, every five years
  • Should be more frequent if there are
  • Smokers in the home
  • Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander
  • Water contamination
  • Damage to home or HVAC system
  • If you have allergies
  • After any home renovation
  • Prior to occupancy of a new home

What is a normal price range for an air duct cleaning service?

  • $450.00–$1,200.00 per heating and cooling system
  • Price varies depending on the size of the system, accessibility, level of contamination, and type of duct material

What about companies that offer whole house duct cleaning for around $99?

  • BE aware of “blow-and-go” companies
  • They often charge a nominal fee and do a poor job
  • May employ the “bait-and-switch” technique by persuading the consumer into unneeded services

What criteria should I use in selecting an HVAC system cleaner?

The best HVAC system cleaners have all of the following qualifications:

  • Should be a member and be certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)
  • Have been in business long enough to have adequate experience
  • Have an A+ with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Properly licensed, insured, and bonded
  • Recommend cleaning ALL the air ducts and equipment
  • Not advertising “$99 whole house specials”
  • Has proper equipment such as a power vacuum truck

Why should I choose a NADCA member to clean my HVAC system?

The best HVAC system cleaners have all of the following qualifications:

  • Members have signed a Code of Ethics
  • Must follow stringent requirements to become a NADCA Member
  • Members must have certified Air System Cleaning Specialists (ASCS) on staff
  • All members must take and pass the NADCA Certification Examination

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