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low costVents Only: Less than $200average costMedium: $400-$1,000
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With concern growing about molds, allergens and indoor air quality, residential duct cleaning is an emerging industry. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association asserts that removing contaminants from a home's ventilation system is an important step toward improving indoor air quality. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)[1] says knowledge about air duct cleaning is in the early stages, and there is currently no evidence that a small amount of household dust or other particles in air ducts poses any health risks. The EPA indicates it might be warranted in some cases but not in all situations.

Typical costs:

  • A proper home air duct cleaning costs anywhere from $400-$1,000, depending on the size of the system to be cleaned, the type of services offered, the regional climate and the level of use the ventilation system gets, the type of materials inside the ductwork and the amount of contaminants (dust, mold, etc.). A 1,400-square-foot home with only one system of ducts will usually be at the lower end of the scale, while a 3,500-square-foot home with multiple heating/cooling systems is at the upper end of the price range.
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What should be included:
  • Cleaning should include: cleaning all of registers, inside the ductwork, the interior of the heating/ventilating system, the furnace fan, and the coils for an air conditioner or heat pump, according to Real-Estate-Agents.com[2] . Once the system is clean, a disinfectant can be sprayed throughout to kill any mold, bacteria or dust mites that remain.
  • The EPA recommends having the air ducts cleaned only as needed[3] -- that is, when there is substantial visible mold growth inside, if the ducts are infested with rodents or insects, or if they're clogged with excessive amounts of debris.
  • According to the EPA, there is considerable controversy[4] about the wisdom of spraying chemical biocides inside the ductwork.
  • Both the EPA and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) warn against companies that make sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning. The NADCA also cautions consumers about "blow-and-go" air duct cleaners who charge a nominal fee (often offering extremely low-cost coupons) but use substandard equipment, do a poor cleaning job and perform unneeded services at an extra cost. Cleaning fans and coils is mandatory for a properly cleaned system and should never be listed as an "extra cost." Be wary if the total "cleaning" process will take only an hour or two.
Additional costs:
  • Some older air ducts may contain asbestos in the insulation, register boots or other areas. Asbestos removal absolutely requires specialized procedures which will add to the total cost, depending on the complexity and extent of the problem.
Shopping for duct cleaning:
  • The EPA lists suggestions[5] for choosing a duct cleaner, explains what to expect[6] and provides an after-cleaning checklist[7] .
  • Referrals are available through the NADCA[8] .
  • Get several estimates, and be sure you understand the specific work covered by each company's quote. Ask about the service providers' training and experience. If disinfectant spraying is recommended, ask for a clear explanation of the pros and cons of this treatment in your particular circumstances. Request and check references, and ask if the service provider holds any relevant state licenses. See if there are any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[9] .
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Duct cleaning
Amount: $595.00
Posted by: Barbera in Newtown, CT.Posted: October 8th, 2014 03:10PM
I had New England Duct Care come to my home and I couldn't be happier. They showed me with their camera how my ducts looked FIRST! Then they showed me after. Be aware of groupon, I had an estimate done. The groupon said $35 and they wanted to charge $1500!!!!!!!!
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Air duct cleaning
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: Pam Robbins in Billings, MT.Posted: October 6th, 2014 03:10PM
The team (yes, two people) took most of the day and thoroughly cleaned everything including the blower wheel, AC coils, condenser outside, registers, boots, trunklines, and plenums. The said they follow the national air duct cleaners assn which requires a huge HEPA-filtered collector while cleaning, rotating brushes in the duct work, air sweeping tools, etc... I thought they were very professional and very thorough! And all at a great price.
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Air duct and furnace cleaning
Amount: $320.00
Posted by: Torro in Modesto, CA.Posted: September 24th, 2014 10:09PM
Found a deal on groupon for $59, for duct cleaning. Two guys came out a week later. They cleaned all the vents then stuck a vacuum in the main vent, they said, and let the machine go to work. Still not sure if that's right but I'll do more research later. Said my furnace was dirty they could clean it and patch a few wholes in the system for $260. The job took about 1hr. And 15mins. My son now has cold air in his room, vents were cleaned, gave me peace of mind. It was an experience.
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One Hour Heating and Cooling (recommend!)
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: CMB in Henderson, NV.Posted: April 25th, 2014 01:04PM
After a scheduled inspection, the technician recommended a deep duct clean, including disassembly of the motor/blower and heat exchanger. The next day, two guys called me to let me know they were on their way (early!). They wore shoe-booties while in the house and used a pump the size of a large fridge. They told me exactly what they were doing and in what order. They removed the ceiling registers and cleaned them. Afterward, they even vacuumed the areas around the registers to get fallen paint/dust. I have a new baby coming and while I initially thought $700 was high, I found that for a 3000+sq ft house and two 5-ton units it was a great deal.
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Sears rip off
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Vincent Careatti in Alexandria, VA.Posted: July 5th, 2013 05:07PM
A $99 special turned up hidden costs . $25 for service call, every duct after 10 was $20 per duct. Told them to get out of my house. The man became very vocal and yelled at me all the way back to his truck. I said "don't you shout at me". Called Sears and got nowhere not even an apology for the conduct of its technician. After reading all of these articles I'll stick my vacuum hose as a DIY project.
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Air Duct and Blower cleaning with sanitization
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: DavidJ in Sunnyvale, CA.Posted: May 23rd, 2013 04:05PM
I bought a Supply Vent Cleaning + Furnace Inspection service with GreenHeat service back through Amazon deal in Nov and used it before it expires. Cost 50$ for that deal. 2 guys came did the vent cleaning very quick and after inspecting the furnace, talked me into doing a deep cleaning for the blower. After 20% discount, price was 375, so I bargained down to 320$. They took the blower out, cleaned throughly (it was very dirty). Also sanitized and vacuum the rest of the furnace. I am satisfied with their service.
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Air duct cleaning with cleanable solutions
Amount: $379.00
Posted by: Marry louis in Naperville, IL.Posted: February 24th, 2013 09:02PM
Great service they use truck mount take them 3 hours. Found them after they clean my friend house she was very happy so called them. They explain what will be done and did a walk throw. Highly recommended
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USAir Duct and A/C LLC
Amount: $1,590.00
Posted by: Deborah Lee-Uruqhart in Upper Marlboro, MD.Posted: February 20th, 2013 12:02PM
I have filed a claim with the BBB because this company is a scam. They charged me $1,590 and their initial coupon stated whole house for $89.00. I live in a small townhouse. They claimed I had mold, but another company came out the next day, and felt that there was no mold. I never had musty smell in my house nor alot of dust; ever any type of water damage; I should have researched this more before answering in ad in the Penny Saver. Big mistake on my part, and now I'm trying to get reimbursed for at least half of what I spent.
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duct cleaning
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Koya in phoenix, AZ.Posted: February 5th, 2013 12:02PM
We called this company Arizona Carpet and Duct cleaning because we got a coupon in the mail for a 24.99 carpet cleaning so we decided to have the duct cleaned with out and over the phone estimate. Bad idea. When they got here they took out our air filter and said we had mold and it was going to cost 2000.00 not including the carpets. In the end we ended up talking them down to $500. If you can bargain do it.
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Over charged, no way to valid service was completed. MAD!
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Chuck Shue in Carmel, IN.Posted: January 10th, 2013 01:01PM
I had Indy Air Care LLC come out to do a $25 air cleaning coupon on August 2nd, 2012, and the representative had stated and priced out a complete air cleaning which totaled around $1,600's for 13 vents, 2 returns, and he had called the owner/manager, and the price was reduced to $1,200s.

The company was Indy Air Care LLC.

I sent them an email requesting why they had charged me so much...still no reply.
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Sears Duct Cleaning
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: Scott Reames in springdale, AR.Posted: February 15th, 2012 12:02PM
Why does Sears charge extra to clean the coil and doesn't even talk about cleaning the blower wheel?
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Duct Cleaning
Amount: $380.00
Posted by: sarah in Illinois in Mattoon, IL.Posted: October 30th, 2011 02:10PM
I had my ducts cleaned by Pure Air. They came out and gave me a free camera inspection, showed me all the debris in my ducts then showed me the equipment they used. They also did a free crawlspace inspection for mold and cleaned my dryer vent. I shopped around and they were by far the least expensive in our area. Afterwards they put the camera back in my ducts and showed me how clean they were. Took about 2 hours, they were very professional and friendly. My house smells great and I feel that I'm breathing much easier now. I recommend them highly!
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Duct Cleaning
Amount: $330.00
Posted by: Happiest Homeowner in Richfield, MN.Posted: September 7th, 2010 01:09PM
I had my ducts cleaned by Perfect Plus which does the Rotary Cleaning as well as the referred to "blow and go" cleaning. I felt the rotary cleaning was very beneficial. I am a new homeowner who bought a house (built in the 1950's) that had been vacant for over a year.
The workers showed me the vacuum prior to and after the completed work. Once the cleaning process was complete, the vacuum had a huge pile of dust inside. The cleaning gave me peace of mind just knowing the air I was breathing was rid of the dust the home had been accumulating over the years. I highly recommend duct cleaning as well as this company.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html#Summary
  2.  real-estate-agents.com/tips/air/duct-vent-cleaning/?Real-Estate-Agents.com
  3.  www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html
  4.  www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html#deciding%20to%20have%20your%20air%20ducts%20cleaned
  5.  www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html#choosing%20a%20duct%20cleaning%20service%20provider
  6.  www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html#what%20to%20expect%20of%20an%20air%20duct%20cleaning%...
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