Have you ever answered a call and heard a telemarketer offer an all-inclusive duct cleaning package for just $99 (with service completed in just an hour)? That should raise a red flag right away! Don’t fall for the “fly-by-night” company scams. An average home takes at least 2-3 hours for a thorough clean and as mentioned on NADCA’s (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) website, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it should cost approximately $400 to $1000 –depending on the number of vents and hookups in your home.
A “hookup” is when the vacuum is attached to the supply and return mainlines –each house has a minimum of 2 mainlines. These mainlines have to be cleaned thoroughly at least 3 times to ensure a proper clean.
The rule-of-thumb is that for every 100 square feet there is 1 vent, and the pricing is based on that. These vents are cleaned individually so that all the dirt and debris goes into the mainline where it is pulled out by the vacuum (use of negative air pressure) –which is why the number of vents affects the pricing.
Don’t fall for the $99 all-inclusive deals! They may not clean all your vents and may even cause more harm.
CBC Marketplace has looked into these companies and confronted them about it.
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