Whether it’s time for spring cleaning, or you’re preparing your home for winter, you may have duct cleaning on your to-do list. But before you pick up the phone, you’re probably looking for answers to some questions: is HVAC duct cleaning effective? And is one air duct cleaning company any different than any other? We’ll make it easier for you: if you’re looking for duct cleaning in Sacramento, reach out to Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning for answers — and duct cleaning — you can trust.
Is Duct Cleaning Worthwhile?
Let’s clear the air on an important question: is air duct cleaning even worth it? Because poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can lead to more serious health issues (like asthma, heart conditions, and cancer) with long-term exposure, it’s a good idea to understand what’s causing your poor IAQ so you can nip it in the bud. Addressing these common contaminants before they get into your system will go a long way toward keeping your ductwork — and you — in better shape.
- Pet hair and dander
- Indoor use of tobacco products
- Dust and debris left behind after remodeling or even routine touch-ups
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paint, upholstery, and many home furnishings
- Cleaning products
- Outdoor pollutants and allergens that get tracked indoors
- Mold and mildew caused by high humidity or plumbing leaks, which is yet another reason to call us for plumbing repair or home humidity controls
Unexpected Duct Cleaning Benefits
You may never actually see the inside of your HVAC ductwork. But you’ll see, feel, and even smell the benefits of duct cleaning.
- Energy savings, since ducts that are cleaner, don’t force your heating and air to work harder
- A cleaner home since there’s less dust circulating through your HVAC system
- A fresher smell, since duct cleaning can help remediate smells from cigarette smoke, mildew, bacteria, and other common odor sources
- Better health, because we’re also addressing common allergens and causes of respiratory distress
Signs You Need Air Duct Cleaning in Your Sacramento Home
Problems caused by poor indoor air quality can be hard to identify since they’re often indistinguishable from seasonal allergies or a common cold. But there’s the rub: if your “cold” is out-of-season, or your allergies mysteriously clear when you step outdoors, your indoor air quality is likely to blame.
Ductwork is somewhat like the drains in your home; the ducts do a good job of trapping contaminants in place under normal conditions. But if the ductwork is disturbed by vibrations — which can be caused by anything from a heavy vehicle passing your home to a small tremor or even moving furniture on the floors above — those contaminants can come loose. If you find you’re dusting more frequently, if your heat or air conditioning is accompanied by an odd smell from the vents, if there are black streaks around the vents and gills, or if you have more respiratory problems indoors than normal, call us.
How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?
Unlike HVAC tune-ups, which should be done annually, air duct cleaning comes down to personal preference. We find that if you’re diligent about keeping the easily accessible parts of your system clean, changing filters frequently, and staying on top of routine maintenance, duct cleaning every five years or so is sufficient. If you experience air quality issues, call us; as we’ve already seen, dirty ducts aren’t always the cause of your IAQ woes.
Duct Cleaning Cost in the Greater Sacramento Area
We’ve seen duct cleaning services in Sacramento advertised for as low as $100, or as much as $800. The fact of the matter is, there’s no one-size-fits-all price, since not all homes have the same-sized system, and not all will need the same cleaning (if any — sometimes your air quality issues have other sources than your ductwork). So we provide an estimate the same as we do for services like air conditioning maintenance or furnace repair, only getting to work if you agree to our price. That way, there are no surprises later.
Our Duct Cleaning Process
There’s another reason not to shop on cost. The right equipment and experience matter. Ductwork may be made of sheet metal, but it’s easy to damage or knock out of alignment. This isn’t a DIY job, nor is it something to be left to a random handyman with a canister vac and a dust brush. We know HVAC inside and out, and we use that knowledge along with specialized equipment to ensure your ductwork is better than we found it — not damaged, leaky, or broken.
HVAC Services in Sacramento and Beyond
Looking for reliable duct cleaning in Rancho Cordova, El Macero, Davis, Rocklin, or anywhere else in the area? Trust the same company you’ve trusted for decades for all your home HVAC services — Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning!