The source of your difficulty breathing in your Phoenix home could be coming – almost like in a horror movie – from inside your very home! No, it is not some movie monster; it is your air ducts.
The metal or insulated plastic ductwork that keeps you cool and warm all year also is a convenient highway for other, less pleasant things – things that get into the air that you and your family breathe.
The solution to breathing difficulties, allergic reactions or a nagging cough could be as simple as air duct cleaning.
What is Air Duct Cleaning?
The metal or insulated plastic ductwork running through your home or office carries treated, filtered air from your furnace and central air conditioner throughout the structure. Along the way, since the air is also returned to the same HVAC system, household dust can get caught up in the airflow. Your AC filter or furnace filter captures a lot of this debris, but inevitably some unwanted matter gets into those ducts:
- Household dust;
- Organic debris – brace yourself, as this can mean insect bodies, pest droppings, living insects, pet dander and fur, shed human skin cells and more unpleasant substances;
- Outdoor contaminants: Sand, dirt, compost and mulch bits.
Air duct cleaning gathers up all the particulates attached to the inside surfaces of your business or home’s ducts and vacuums it into a central collector for safe, environmentally sensitive disposal outside the building.
How Often Should Ducts Be Cleaned?
At ACE Home Services, we never want to make our neighbors feel we are trying to sell unnecessary services. Not everyone agrees air ducts must be cleaned. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, clearly says, “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 effects the indoor air quality.
And yet, the same EPA goes on to say you should have the air ducts cleaned under specific circumstances:
- You see visible mold growth;
- You see evidence of vermin, including rodents or insects;
- You see excessive amounts of dust and debris;
- You see actual particulate released into your home (or office) on startup of your HVAC system.
You could also speak with your family medical professional (ear, nose and throat doctor; pediatrician; respiratory therapist) to get an opinion on duct cleaning. If your family has members with either very young or very old lungs, air duct cleaning may be helpful in relieving some respiratory symptoms.
Once you have established the need for duct cleaning, how often should you arrange for skilled professionals to be dispatched to your business or home to complete the job?
A single cleaning session will take no more than a couple of hours and will probably be sufficient to keep your family, employees or customers safe for a few years. If, however, anyone has respiratory issues, severe allergies or other breathing problems, you may want to consider an annual cleaning.
For most customers, a thorough, professional cleaning every three years is sufficient, but not everyone has the same exposure throughout the Phoenix area. Some homes and businesses are more susceptible to the biting grit from haboobs or lesser dust storms.
The Steps of Professional Air Duct Cleaning
Each job is different, but in general the trained technicians handling air duct cleaning (and dryer duct cleaning, if you wish to get that done on the same service call) will access your home’s ducts, use a vacuum and brush system to loosen and pull all the debris from the ducts, and then perform a visual inspection to verify complete cleaning.
Air duct cleaning equipment looks deceptively simple: brushes, vacuums, perhaps some antimicrobial sprays. Yet ducts come in many different shapes, so the brushes must match the air duct’s profile. In the hands of a trained professional, the combination of strong vacuum and flexible brushes yields excellent results.
Since concerns over microbes and mold often crop up during air duct cleaning, ACE Home Services can provide antimicrobial sprays to clean down to the tiniest organisms, so your air ducts are truly free of contaminants.
For many Phoenix home and business owners, the most satisfying part of an air duct cleaning job is the before and after images. In most cases, we are able to take pictures of the duct interiors before cleaning, and then again after our technicians scrub them clean. You may be astounded at the amount of dust, dirt and other debris that comes out of the ductwork.
Air Duct Cleaning Prices
Once you determine that professional AC duct cleaning services are needed, you are sure to wonder, “How much does air duct cleaning cost?” How much should you pay to have the entirety of the air ducts in your home or office cleaned by trained professionals?
The experts at Home Advisor not only can produce a national average for ductwork cleaning cost, they also know what the Phoenix market looks like:
- National average: $349
- Phoenix average: $361
- Normal range of Phoenix pricing: $278 to $444
- Lowest verified Phoenix-area price: $125
- Highest verified Phoenix-area price: $598
We do not expect you to take our word for this; go to the site yourself and enter your zip code to get an unbiased, realistic idea of what air duct cleaning will cost your business or home budget.
Every home or commercial space is different, so these are suggestions, not absolute bottom lines, for the average cost of duct cleaning. The best way to get an accurate air duct cleaning cost estimate is to contact a local, reliable company for an on-site inspection and bid.
Can I Do It Myself?
So-called “DIY air duct cleaning” is a possibility if your home is remarkably simple and small. In most cases, ductwork runs through areas of your home or business inaccessible to full-size adults, making access very nearly impossible. The limited areas that can be reached by an access panel may be too small for you to completely clean. Lacking professional air duct cleaning equipment, you may wind up using an arm and an old rag to ineffectually sweep a small area.
If you feel the air duct cleaning cost is prohibitive, consider the alternative:
- Dry, itchy throat
- Doctor’s visits
- Allergic reactions
- Stuffy sinuses and headaches
We do not want to create too vivid a picture, but an insect’s exoskeleton will eventually break apart into tiny, airborne pieces that you or your family members could breathe in. You can imagine a similar fate for all of the organic debris and dust inside the ducts. You can also imagine your customers, employees, children and pets having to deal with these indoor air pollutants.
Convinced You Need to Clean Your Ducts? Call ACE Home Services!
ACE Home Services knows you have choices in the Phoenix area, as many HVAC companies and others offer air duct cleaning. Why choose ACE? We respectfully offer a few reasons to partner with us for air duct and dryer duct cleaning:
- We have friendly, uniformed technicians you can trust;
- We have had a local presence for many years; we will not disappear should you request a callback (return to the job);
- We offer reasonable prices;
- We invest in the correct air duct cleaning equipment;
- Our technicians are trained and educated to do the work properly;
- We provide thorough explanations and verification of cleaning;
- We offer superior customer service.
Most important, we do a complete job so your ducts are truly clean. We provide visual proof of the thoroughness of our work. We can also combine duct cleaning, dryer cleaning and HVAC cleaning so every part of your home system produces pleasant, pure and perfect air. Please contact us. Be sure to ask about our specials, and consider getting us out to your Phoenix business or home today so we can help you breathe easier tomorrow.