How do you best protect your home from turning into a safe harbor for germs? Keep it clean is the logical answer. However, removing dirt and killing 99.9% of harmful bacteria and viruses from your home’s surfaces with common household cleaners doesn’t get rid of what you can’t see.
Many of the same germs you eliminate with regular cleaning also lurk inside your home’s ductwork, including mold. You can minimize their presence with routine air duct cleaning.
If you’re a homeowner concerned about the air quality in your home, you’ll want to read today’s post. Not only will we share air duct cleaning prices, but you’ll also get general tips about how and when to clean this essential component of your ventilation system.
How to Clean Air Ducts
Although you can’t get deep inside the air ducts, you can clean them at the entry points to your home. Air passes through the ducts into the rooms in your home through supply vents. It returns to the heating and air conditioning unit through return vents.
Both vents accumulate dust and debris.
It’s easy to keep this part of your air duct system clean using a damp cloth or dust mop. You should also remove the grills covering your vents and wipe the inside of the ducts with the same cleaning cloth.
This cleaning task should keep the grimy film from building up on the grills and will help keep your home free from cobwebs. It doesn’t get to the heart of the system — something that only an air duct cleaning technician can manage.
How Often Should You Clean?
Every appliance in your home has a suggested timeframe for cleaning. For example, you likely thoroughly clean your refrigerator at least every few months. Dishwashers, garbage disposals, and washing machines all have recommended intervals for cleaning.
Your HVAC system is no different. By the way, did you know the air ducts are components of your heating and cooling system? They’re part of the ventilation system.
How often should air ducts be cleaned? The HVAC experts at Baker Home Comfort Services recommend a professional air duct cleaning every two years.
Average Air Duct Cleaning Cost
When considering how much you’ll spend to have your air ducts cleaned, several variables determine cost. To start, air duct cleaning prices are not uniform across the country. Your zip code plays a role.
In addition to your location, the size of your home also makes a difference. A larger home likely has a larger system and may require more labor costs.
Another factor that affects how much homeowners can expect to pay for air duct cleaning is the level of debris or mold and other contaminants. On average, a professional cleaning should cost between $450 to $1,000. You’ll want to check with a local HVAC company for prices in your area.
Have You had Your Air Ducts Cleaned Recently?
We hope reading this article answers your questions about air duct cleaning. If you haven’t had yours cleaned in several years, it’s not too late!
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