before and after duct cleaning

Our team is asked about duct cleaning quite often. Bell Brothers recently began offering this service, so we’d like to help our customers make an informed decision about it. Let’s talk about why you should consider having your ducts cleaned and what to expect from the process.

Why is air duct cleaning important?
A clean duct system means cleaner air for you and your family to breathe. Just as bookshelves get dusty over time, so does duct work. It can also collect dirt, pollen, allergens and pet dander — which is then circulated around your home. This significantly reduces your indoor air quality and comfort, especially for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions.

How do you know if you need a duct cleaning?
If your furniture or drapes are dusty, your house is more than 10 years old, or a family member’s allergies are acting up, those are good signs that you should look into air duct cleaning services. If you have recently remodeled, you undoubtedly stirred up enough dust to warrant a cleaning as well.

Some ducts have been dirty from the time the home was built. It was commonplace — especially in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s — for builders not to clean the ducts after completing construction. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends cleaning your home’s ducts every five years.

What is included in air duct cleaning services?
We start the process by taking photos of the inside of your ducts to document the “before” condition. Then, we determine the best cleaning method for your particular situation. During the cleaning, we remove every register grill and do vent cleaning as well. Finally, we deodorize the ducts and provide “after” photos so you can see the difference. The entire process could take two to eight hours, depending on the size of your home.

Not all duct cleaning services are created equal, however. Beware of low-priced services, as they often simply take off your registers and use a wet/dry vacuum to clean out the supply duct as far as it can reach. This is not what you want.

How much does air duct cleaning cost? How long does it last?
As with many services, you get what you pay for when it comes to duct cleaning. Frankly, a $99 duct cleaning offer is not going to be effective. The price should be determined by the size of your home, the number of ducts and their configuration. A good duct cleaning will provide five years of clean air for your family. Think of it as an investment in your family’s health.

Call 515-244-8911 or schedule your free installation estimate online.