hey you had seen the ads.. one company says: $29.95 for duct cleaning
and the the other company got an ad that says: let me come out and tell
you why they cant do it for $29.95... and there is the other guy who
does not give out the price at all and others that tell you how much to
do a return, x number of vents and other stuff, and the guy who also
does the carpents along with the vent. system... call around your area
and still will get a broad range of prices... the only way to really
get a price is to have them come out and look over your place and see
what they want to do it...
Sounds a lot like it's going the way of the carpet cleaner ads:
2 rooms 9.95!
And when they get in the house, the first question is, "Would you like it
actually to be clean? That's another 29.95 for the "high traffic" area. (Like
there's a house carpet in the world without a high traffic area.)
Oh and, "Your livingroom is actually 2 rooms - a sitting area and a parlor, and
that space near the door is actually a foyer."
email@example.com (HA HA Budys Here) wrote:
Yeah -- there's ALWAYS a catch with people who put out coupons and crap
like that. Just like there's always a catch with anyone who resorts to
calling YOU with a "fantastic deal" they're telemarketing.
Just curious -- couldn't a homeowner without a major dust-allergy
problem eliminate a good majority of dust in their ducting themselves by
(in addition to regularly changing their air filters once or twice a
year) removing the plates over the holes and Shop-Vac'ing as far into
the duct as the hose/nozzle allows? Seems to me that the foot or two
around the vent openings is where all the floor crap and dust bunnies
collect -- especially in floor grates because stuff tends to fall in
when the grate flaps are left open. I ripped down all the AC ducting in
my basement a few months ago (the duct served floor grates) and took the
sections apart so they'd fit in the Dumpster. I looked inside and
noticed that the runs themselves were pretty clean, but the elbow that
attached to the floor vents were loaded with dust crap.
Seems to me that a vac of the vent area itself would be about all $9.95
or even $30 would get you anyway, too ...
Sorry, Rajesh -- there really is no good single answer to what
"reasonable" and you'll never get one here or in any other forum because
you're asking complete strangers who don't live in your neighborhood,
haven't seen your house and how much crap is in your ducts, or know what
the duct-cleaner proposes to actually do for you for that money to give
you a good single answer.
If you want the most accurate reflection of "reasonable," you'll have to
do it the old-fashioned way like the rest of the homeowning world by
calling several companies in your town and have them come out and give
you written estimates.
Step One: Determine if you really need the ducts cleaned. Most don't
Sept Two: Get three different sources to come out and after you told
them why you need them cleaned, have them take a look and give you a written
Other Important Considerations...
Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither
do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes
increase because of dirty air ducts or go down after cleaning. This is because
much of the dirt that may accumulate inside air ducts adheres to duct surfaces
and does not necessarily enter the living space. It is important to keep in
mind that dirty air ducts are only one of many possible sources of particles
that are present in homes. Pollutants that enter the home both from outdoors
and indoor activities such as cooking, cleaning, smoking, or just moving around
can cause greater exposure to contaminants than dirty air ducts. Moreover,
there is no evidence that a light amount of household dust or other particulate
matter in air ducts poses any risk to health.
EPA does not recommend that air ducts be cleaned except on an as-needed basis
because of the continuing uncertainty about the benefits of duct cleaning under
most circumstances. If a service provider or advertiser asserts that EPA
recommends routine duct cleaning or makes claims about its health benefits, you
should notify EPA by writing to the address listed at the end of this guidance.
EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove, or
fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each
heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. Some research also
suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can
improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. However, little evidence
exists to indicate that simply cleaning the duct system will increase your
If you think duct cleaning might be a good idea for your home, but you are not
sure, talk to a professional. The company that services your heating and
cooling system may be a good source of advice. You may also want to contact
professional duct cleaning service providers and ask them about the services
they provide. Remember, they are trying to sell you a service, so ask questions
and insist on complete and knowledgeable answers.
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