According to the US Fire Administration Reports, an average of 12,700 clothes dryer fires burn American homes each year. That results in a number of deaths, injuries and millions in property loss annually. This can be avoided by simply having your dryer vents cleaned regularly.

Apart from avoiding dryer vent fires, cleaning your HVAC air duct system also prevents the build up of allergens such as mold, fungi, bacteria and very small particles of dust that have the potential to affect your family’s health.

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Planning to have your duct and dryer vent cleaned? Here are some frequently asked questions for you:

How often should residential duct and dryer vent systems be cleaned? 


The frequency depends on several factors. Some of the things to consider more frequent cleaning include:

  • smokers in the household
  • pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in a number of indoor air pollutants in the home’s HVAC system
  • after home renovations or remodeling
  • prior to occupancy of a new home.
  • Depending on the venting circumstances and frequency of use, dryer vents should be cleaned or inspected every 6-12 months.
What should I look for in a duct and dryer vent cleaning contractor?

To narrow down your pool of potential contractors, use the following pre-qualifications:

  • Make sure the company is a member in good standing of NADCA.
  • See if the company has been in business long enough to have adequate experience.
  • Get proof that the company is properly licensed and adequately insured.
  • Verify that the company is certified by NADCA to perform HVAC system cleaning.
  • Make sure that the company is going to clean and visually inspect all of the air ducts and related system components.
  • Avoid advertisements for “$99 whole house specials” and other sales gimmicks.
  • Ask if the company has the right equipment to effectively perform cleaning and if the company has done work in homes similar to yours.
  • Get references from neighbors if possible.
Will HVAC system cleaning reduce our home energy bills?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research reveals that regular duct and dryer vent 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.
How can I determine if the HVAC system cleaning was effective?
The best way to determine if the duct and dryer vent cleaning was effective is to perform a visual inspection of the system before and after cleaning. If any dust or debris can be seen during the visual inspection, the system should not be considered clean. While you can perform your own visual inspection using a flashlight and mirror, a professional cleaning contractor should be able to allow you better access to system components and perhaps the use of specialized inspection tools.


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