Do Air Ducts Really Need Cleaning or is it a Scam?

Do air ducts need cleaning or is it a scam? You hear your neighbors and coworkers talking about having their vents cleaned and start to wonder.  Maybe you should have your air ducts cleaned out too. After all, clean is good. Then you think about the dirt, the grime and the cobwebs that have to be down in those vents and you are sure you ought to have them cleaned. Then you wonder how much does Air Duct Cleaning Cost ?

Consider this. Normal living in a six room house produces 40 pounds of dust—just dust—every year. Think of your HVAC system as the lungs of your house. HVAC pulls dust bunnies, pet dander and cleaning chemicals into the system and recirculates it five to seven times per day. That can’t be good for your lungs or your sinuses.

Secondly, air ducts and trunk lines work more efficiently when they are clean. A dirty HVAC system has to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Heaters and air conditioners are major purchases. You want them to last as long as they can.

Once you’ve decided to have your ducts cleaned, you need to choose the right company. What makes selecting a company so confusing is that most people aren’t really sure what’s involved in cleaning air ducts. It sounds like it should be simple. If the job is to clean the air ducts and that’s what all of the companies claim they are doing, then doesn’t it make sense to just pick the guy who will do the job for the least amount of money?

It would IF every company had the same end result. Most homeowners do not realize that there is a wide range of services—all of which are labeled air duct cleaning. The difference can be as significant as comparing the results of your teenager’s dusting to your grandmother’s spring cleaning.

Your house will smell good even after a $99 air duct cleaning. Picture air fresheners blowing through the vents. (Even your son’s favorite football shirt will smell good after that.) The nice smell will last a day or two. The question for you to decide is:  Are you satisfied with a $99 air freshener or do you want more?

If someone uses a power hose to blow freshener through your home the blast of air will knock some of the dirt lose. If dirt is just knocked loose then the hose is not controlling where that dirt goes. You certainly don’t want it to lodge in your HVAC system where it can do mechanical damage. Neither do you want the dust to blow out a different vent only to settle in another room. You want to breathe easier knowing the dirt is gone.

Before agreeing to a low price, protect yourself by clarifying up front the number of vents and trunk lines that are included in the special.  A $99 special should not end up costing you $300. Get the details of the offer in writing and read the fine print carefully.

The long term benefits to your family lie with a spring cleaning approach.

The Furnace Man Ohio takes eight distinct steps to thoroughly clean your home air ducts.

  • Step 1. We Attach A Vacuum Hose To Your Duct Work System
  • Step 2. We Remove All Necessary Registers
  • Step 3. Start Our Vacuum Truck Running At Over 12,000 Cfm
  • Step 4. We Blast Clean All Vents And Ducts With 200 pounds Of Pressure
  • Step 5. Whip Clean All Trunk Lines With Predator Whip System
  • Step 6. Clean Blower Housing And All Plenums With Viper Whip System
  • Step 7.   Sanitize All Ductwork With Chemical Sanitizer (Optional and is extra)
  • Step 8  Professionally Patch And Plug Holes In Duct Work


The Furnace Man Ohio pulls dirt out of the vents and into the hose where it can be disposed of properly—outside your home. We serve Dayton, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Centerville, Enon, Fairborn, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miamisburg, Midway, New Carlisle, Oakwood, Springboro, Springfield, Troy, Vandalia, Xenia and Yellow Springs, and surrounding areas in OH. Call 937-427-4105 today.

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