WELL, this summer when I opened them up we had black dust spewing from one of the upstairs vents. It resembled the fuzz that comes off new towels. This prompted us to look into duct cleaning. We heard from someone who had it done several times, said it was worthwhile, and knew of a firm that did a good job. Clean Air America sent a single technician for the appointment and after counting registers and ducts gave me a price of $360.00 which included “sanitizing” the system (a $99 additional fee per can used). The small size of the plenum forced him to connect the 8” round vacuum hose from the truck to the 10” square opening from our humidifier unit. In hindsight, a mistake since it reduced the “negative” pressure in the system.
We've used this company several times in the past and have always been happy with the service. My husband and I have allergies, so it's important to us to get the air ducts cleaned. They cleaned up any dust that came out of the air ducts when they removed the vents. I called several companies for estimates, and this company gave me the best estimate.
The same holds true for the evaporator coils inside your home’s cooling system. Evaporator coils cause condensation, dehumidifying the air before it circulates through your home. Condensed moisture can cause dust and other particles to stick to and build up on the coils. Also, cleaning the collector pan (and the drain spout in the pan) beneath the coils ensures dirt doesn’t build up and get drawn into the system. It also prevents water from accumulating on and beneath the coils, which can cause mold problems.
So I purchased a Groupon to have this service done on my HVAC. I waited like 3 weeks or so since I was not using the heat or AC and I was in no hurry. So, on the day of my scheduled appointment which was 12noon I get a call from their office at 12:05pm that they are running late and they are 2 hours away...How did they manage to end up 2 hours from my house? Odd. Anyway, the girl tells me that they can't make the appointment today and will have to reschedule 30 days from now. What? 30 days from now? I was expecting perhaps tomorrow or the next day, not 30 days from now. This is extremely poor customer service and poor time management. Their leadership team should be reprimanded or replaced. I don't know how this company can stay in business when their business practices are so disorganized and they cannot even manage a schedule efficiently. I would NEVER recommend this company when they treat the customers so poorly. Their front office person should be retrained or fired since she does not have the skills needed to deal with customers. I would go so far as to fire their Office Manager or perhaps the Manager of this company. Well, at least they did not show up and provide poor service as it appears they did in the other customer reviews.
If anyone in your household has specific health concerns, such as allergies or asthma, consult your physician first. It’s important to identify the problem so your doctor can suggest alternatives to duct cleaning. Start by identifying whether your ducts are part of the problem (they probably aren’t) and whether getting them cleaned will help (it probably won’t).
Furnace cleaners are mostly young men, I know this, I have been one for 15 years or so……so heres the truth, if there are any allergies, children, older people with health issues, we are GOING to make money. do not tell the company you have hired about any health complication. they are salesmen. and they don’t care about you. or your money. make sure they do a good job, then kick them out. you don’t need all the bells and whistles they wanna sell you. any idiot can clean duct work, like I said, I am one of them. I am very good at it, but I don’t have the back bone to sell a widowed old lady a humidifier that she doesn’t need for 500 bucks, overall, if you think you need this service done, which you probably don’t, get it done, do not spend anything over 300$ and do not do it again for at least ten years.
They were ok. I had another group that came out that was much more thorough. When I asked them to come out, they've always been good about that. I make the appointments, all of them. All of them, I make the appointments. They were ok. They cleaned the ducts. But I've had others come out from Angie's List that have been much more thorough. It's all on my terms. Other people came out and they were much more thorough. I would have given the other people an A. They didn't take the ducts down. The other people took the ducts down, they cleaned the vents and the whole bit. They said that they could just do it like this and it works well. I thought good, fine whatever. It was positive that they came out on time. They were very nice, they did their job, like I said, they weren't as thorough. They cleaned my vents, but the other people that came out before, they took the vents out, they washed the vents, they cleaned every vent. Whereas these people came in, they took the vents off and go I can suck all of his through these three vents with one hole. And I'm sure they were right on that, but the other people did it differently. I would not use them again because of that. To make it better, clean out each and every vent and to clean the vents themselves. The other people came out and they cleaned every vent that was exposed and they would go in and they cleaned out every vent. Each one was cleaned out, not one vent will clean out three. That kind of thing. Price was good. I know you guys charge a fortune. You take 40% of what they make. I've learned that from a couple of them. That's extreme. They were all fair. The prices were all fair. But I felt bad that Angie's List took 40% of what they did because they did all the work and Angie's List took 40% of their profit, or their cost. Now you're aware of it. I've had three or four of them say that to me, and they said, well, we're not complaining because they keep us busy, but you know, that's not fair. That's too much. Everything's fair. If I didn't like the price, I wouldn't buy it. When the other guys came out, they did every single vent and they didn't. I really don't like the fact of putting somebody down. That's the way I am. They did the work, they did what they felt they needed to do. And it was different than what I've had in the past. And I have allergies and all that stuff, so I really want all that junk out of there. But, I wouldn't put them down.
If you suspect a mold problem — either because of visible growth or a musty smell consistently coming from supply vents — cleaning ducts won’t do much good if it doesn’t eliminate the mold. Mold begins with a moisture problem, and the ducts themselves are unlikely to be the source. The most likely culprits are the cooling system’s evaporator coils, which your heating and air-conditioning contractor — and most duct-cleaning companies — can inspect and maintain. Leaky return ducts can also introduce moisture. Again, if you suspect a mold problem, consider having a service company inspect the duct system for leaks.
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. This is because much of the dirt in 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 your health.