Tips to Avoid Air Duct Cleaning Scams

Tips to Avoid Air Duct Cleaning Scams

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Indoor Air Quality |

While many professional services do not scare you into signing expensive agreements to clean the air duct, there are a few who try to make the extra buck. This is when a judgment call has to be taken. It makes sense to take a few steps to avoid being swallowed into a scam

Full Service

If you are going to clean, do not do anything half-baked. Get a complete service. Do not just clean the air duct? Clean the entire system. That way you can be sure that you will not need any cleaning done in the near future. A full service makes you clean completely.


Ask around. Read other reviews. Check out the service center. Look out for any possible cases or suits that have been filed. The background of the office may also be looked into. If the customers who have used these service are satisfied, chances are they are genuine and will not try to swindle money out of you by unnecessarily insisting on cleaning of the air duct.

Do not fall for beautiful words

It is the duty of the marketing guy to manipulate you into signing up for the cleaning of the air ducts in your house with charming words that could scare you into taking serious action. They are all not true.  Sales gimmicks such as ‘$ 69 for a spic and span house’ are meant to entice you into cleaning an already clean house. Beware.


It is prudent to look into the documents and previous certificates. Popular agencies credit and validate certain agencies after putting them through various tests. These certifications are proof that the agency is a good one and will not take you for a ride.

Check the standards

There are guidelines and protocols issued by concerned authorities with respect to the cleaning of the air ducts. The respective cleaning agencies ought to follow them all to the T. This is a good way to check out the agency and ensure that the practices are followed without any malpractice or fraud.

Study the results

Nothing but data will give you the necessary proof. if you want to be convinced, the evidence is to be looked into. No words from smart marketing managers are good enough.

Avoid sealants and sprays

Harmful chemicals inside the air ducts must be completely avoided. Some companies offer sprays and gaseous sealants that are meant to be used in the air ducts. These are the chemicals that are the killers. Whilst the tiny dust particles may not cause you harm, these chemicals are most likely to cause injury to your lungs.

Avoid Steam Cleaning

If the air duct cleaning includes steam and moisture, that should be avoided completely. They are also likely to cause damage to the system thereby increasing pollution.

It is not proven that air duct cleaning can save lives. Nor is it established that the possible pollutants in the air ducts are the only contaminants in the air. Be prudent. Do not get pulled into any cleaning scam.

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