Is duct cleaning a waste of money? Read on to find out.
What is Duct Cleaning?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that: “duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.”
Ductwork can become the source and the entryway for dirt, dust and bacteria to spread throughout your home. Cleaning ductwork means most companies will remove dirt, slime, mold, debris and other contaminants found in the HVAC components.
Is Duct Cleaning Necessary?
If may not be today or even next year, but at some point in every homeowner’s life there comes a time when it’s necessary to clean your air ducts. If you care about the quality of your indoor air, circulation and energy efficiency, it’s important to have this done.
The No. 1 concern most people have about air duct cleaning is how it will improve air quality. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) says that dirty air ducts can contribute to health issues such as autoimmune disorders, allergies and respiratory infections, as the pollutants circulate contaminants throughout the home 5-7 times a day. As more people in the Seattle area get air conditioning installed in their homes, this problem is likely to grow.
When it comes to your energy bill, cleaning your ducts is a long-term investment. While you are paying upfront to have the ducts cleaned, you may see a significant return over the next several years on your heating and cooling bill. The NADCA estimates about 25% – 40% of energy is wasted when air ducts are dirty or clogged.
Is Duct Cleaning a Scam?
When done correctly, absolutely not.
Unfortunately, there are many companies that promote specials or sales on air duct cleaning that are simply too good to be true. You may have received a flyer in the mail or seen an advertisement online for these companies, which on the surface seem like reputable businesses offering a tantalizing offer.
The reality of the situation is that air duct cleaning is part of an investment in the long-term health and quality of your home — not a quick, money-saving purchase. A proper cleaning of air ducts won’t be cheap, as an experienced technician needs expensive equipment and several hours to get the job done right.
It’s impossible for a cleaning company to offer $99 whole-home specials on air duct cleaning and still be profitable and effective. Either the company is losing money while doing an A+ job cleaning your ducts (unlikely) or they are skimping on the quality of the job and not following the proper protocols for cleaning (most likely). Advertisements that feature deceptively low prices will likely include small print that explains the sales tactic — that to do the job properly will cost you an astronomical sum of money.
Whereas Fuzzy Wuzzy’s technicians follow the National Air Duct Cleaner’s Association’s preferred process of cleaning by the book, other companies make duct cleaning a scam. If you do a side-by-side comparison of the time and equipment used by Fuzzy Wuzzy and these companies, the decision isn’t even close.
Does Duct Cleaning Work?
Following the NADCA’s preferred process of air duct cleaning, Fuzzy Wuzzy’s technicians will use negative air pressure and high-pressured air whips to clean every inch of all your ducts going down to the main trunk line. This method is highly effective, will not let anything escape into the home, and produces the best results.
And it works. Ask your local air duct cleaner for examples of their previous jobs (before & after pictures, reports, etc.). If the company cannot provide such items, they may be covering up a scam.
Is Duct Cleaning Worth It?
Many of our customers report back to us to say they wish they’d had their ducts cleaned sooner. Many people put up with the underlying problems for far too long before they make the decision to have their ducts cleaned.
A duct cleaning every several years by a company that doesn’t make the process a waste of money can provide you and your family with peace of mind and solutions to your air quality problems.
The following are some of the many reasons our customers tell us duct cleaning worked for them:
- It helps relieve troublesome allergy symptoms
- It significantly decreases the frequency of dusting and surface cleaning
- It lowers energy bills and made the system run more efficiently
- It refreshes the home after renovations stirred up debris
- It helps boost the home’s value in preparation for sale
- It helps remove unpleasant odors that accumulate in the air ducts
Is Duct Cleaning a Waste of Money?
Only you can determine what is a “waste of money” for you. Everyone’s financial situation is different, and some homeowners put home maintenance and certain improvements higher on their priority list than others.
If you consider yourself a short-term homeowner and are not concerned about some of the benefits outlined above, duct cleaning may not be for you. The true benefits of this service are felt in the long-term and the peace of mind knowing that the air is the cleanest it can possibly be.
On the other hand, homeowners that are looking to the future and are concerned about the upkeep of the inner workings of their dwelling should consider duct cleaning. This worthwhile process is especially important if you are eco-friendly and conscious about the environment (duct cleaning can improve energy efficiency), or have children or small pets that have allergies or respiratory concerns.