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 Air Duct Cleaning & HVAC FAQ

What are the health benefits of Air Duct Cleaning?

Research has indicated that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems act as a contaminant collection source. These contaminants include fungi, bacteria, dust particles, allergens, and other materials. Mr. Duct’s expert technicians will remove all of the contaminants from your HVAC system, bringing you one step closer to improved indoor air quality.

Will Air Duct Cleaning reduce our home energy bills?

Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that HVAC system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems.

Our total ventilation system cleaning should help your system to operate at its maximum efficiency. As components of your HVAC system become caked with dirt and debris, they may take longer to reach the set temperature on your thermostat, costing you hundreds of dollars on your heating and cooling bills. Our ductwork cleaning service will clear these parts of contaminants and help to prevent their accumulation in the future. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and should result in energy savings.

How should a residential HVAC system be cleaned?

All ductwork cleaning services should follow the "source removal method.” This method requires that the entire HVAC system be put under negative pressure while a technician loosens all contaminants in each vent. The contaminants are removed via negative pressure through a closed system, ensuring no dirt gets into your home.

As a National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) member, Mr. Duct follows this system to the letter. We attach our high-power, commercial grade HEPA filter vacuum to your system, which collects contaminants from the system throughout the entirety of the service. The air duct cleaners will than systematically clean every vent, using the Viper Whip tool to ensure that no dirt is left within the individual ducts. After all material is agitated, the debris collected from the interior surfaces of the vents will be pulled out of the system by our vacuum.

Is sanitizer necessary to Air Duct Cleaning?

There are many air vent cleaning companies in the Chicagoland area that offer this very service. According to a study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sanitizer is not recommended for application in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.  Read More About the EPA Study

Mold, mildew, and bacterial growth can only thrive on organic material. The only organic material within your vents is the dirt and debris, which any reputable duct cleaner will be removing through the duct cleaning service.

The EPA also discourages homeowners for using sanitizers or deodorizers in their vents because of chemical inhalation risks. Though many sanitizer advertisements claim that the sanitizer used has been registered by the EPA, the fact is that the EPA has not registered any sanitizers for use in the HVAC systems.

How often should the air ducts be cleaned?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) maintains that a total ventilation system cleaning should be performed every 3-5 years. Customers who have the following might also want to consider more frequent cleanings:
  • Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander
  • Water contamination or damage
  • Residents with allergies or asthma
  • After home renovations or remodeling
  • Prior to occupancy of a new home

How long does a typical Air Duct Cleaning take?

The amount of time it takes to clean a residential HVAC system can vary, depending on the complexity of the system. We ask for at least 3-5 hours in your home so that we can ensure that our expert technicians have provided the best ductwork cleaning service in Chicagoland. Once the technicians arrive on site, they should be able to narrow the time estimate for you.

Why should I choose Mr. Duct?

We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau and are the recipients of the Angie’s List Super Service Award from 2008 to 2014. We are members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the recipients of the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 NADCA Safety Awards.

There will always be an NADCA certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) on-site to ensure that the NADCA standard cleaning is provided to you. We also provide before and after video inspections to visibly demonstrate the difference Mr. Duct can make.

Lastly, our technicians are there to clean, not to sell. We do not badger homeowners for additional services nor do we produce scare tactics to force an up-sell. All of our pricing is communicated upon booking, before the service, and on our receipt.

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