Choosing an Air Duct Cleaning Company
Navigating the many Google Ads, and search results that pop up when you are trying to find a company to clean your vents can be daunting and disheartening. You may call for a price quote and get numbers between 59$ all the way up to 1.000$ or more. Why the disparity in quotes?
Many A/C duct cleaning companies will advertise a super low price. This price would be for a basic or abbreviated service. So, for 79$ they may come with a special vacuum called a negative air machine and hook it up to one vent close other vents off and then turn it on for 30 minutes, but not before trying to up sell you on the other steps of the air duct cleaning process. Mildew removal, cleaning each individual duct, cleaning the plenum box, cleaning the registers, cleaning the returns, odor control, soot sealer, and using a sanitizing method to kill bacteria and spores.
The so called basic is the bait and the up sell is the switch. Many companies use this method of advertising to get customers because most people are not prepared to pay what it actually costs to get a complete cleaning of your air ducts. C&E Carpets and Vents does not use the bait and switch because if a customer chooses the basic they have wasted their money. To hook a vacuum up for a few minutes and do nothing else is a waste of money. We recommend that if you do not want to pay for a complete cleaning then wait and save your money instead of wasting 79$ to pay a tech to turn a stationary vacuum on for half an hour.
How much does it actually cost to get a complete cleaning? A general rule of thumb is to go by how many AC units you have. A complete cleaning of your air ducts including mildew, mold removal and sanitize on average runs about 375$-550$ per unit up to 2 units. A home that has more than 2 units needs a physical estimate. Folks are often shocked when we give them the price quote over the phone and ask why the difference in prices? I explain that we only do a complete clean.
1. Brushing each individual duct with a special industry approved air duct brush to loosen
all mildew, dirt, dust, and other contaminants.
2. Using the negative air machine to remove all the loosened mildew, dirt, mold.
3. Cleaning and removing any mildew, mold, fungus, dirt from the Plenum box
4. Using soot sealer if needed for odor / particles
5. Cleaning the registers (also painting them if they are rusty)
6. Cleaning the Returns
7. Sanitizing the system using a fogger and biocide which are alcohol based and will
evaporate and will not leave a residue.
Use this list and ask questions when calling for estimates. Make sure you know what you are getting for your money. Don’t fall for a bait and switch! If you live in the Houston area and need to have your ducts cleaned please give us a call at 832-512-5719.