The ductwork in your home is probably not something you think of often, but it could be costing you hundreds of dollars per year in increased utility bills.
Air Duct Cleaning Services
If you’ve noticed decreased air flow from the vents in your home, your air ducts may be clogged with dust or other debris. You can clean the registers, and even remove them to clean a few feet into the air ducts. If this doesn’t improve air flow, you will need to call a professional air duct cleaning service for a more thorough cleaning.
Professional Air Duct Repair vs. DIY
Over time, air duct joints can separate causing leaks. You may notice that your heater or air conditioner doesn’t seem to work as efficiently as it used to, or that your power bills have gone up without explanation.
You could attempt to repair your air ducts yourself, but commercially available duct tapes do not work as well as products available to professional air duct repair services. Tapes tend to wear out quickly, making them a short term solution at best.
When you speak to a professional air duct repair service representative, ask them to check the insulation on your air ducts. Poorly insulated air ducts leak heated or cooled air into your attic, crawlspace, or garage, where it is lost. This forces your HVAC system to work harder and longer to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the living spaces in your home.
Air Duct Cleaning and Repair Costs
Air duct cleaning and repair services can range in cost from $300 – $500 depending on the size of your home. Be wary of extremely low estimates. These are often a sign of unscrupulous contractors who do not use professional-grade equipment or who use air duct cleaning as an introductory offer, then upsell homeowners on other services they may not need.
As with any home repair service, speak to several providers. Ask for references from existing clients, and follow up with those references. If an air duct cleaning or repair service seems to be pressuring you to sign a service agreement quickly, move on to another company.