Have you ever heard the expressions “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” This is a common case scenario in the air duct cleaning world. There are many companies that advertise an extremely low rate of $49.99 or $99.99 to clean up to 16 vents in a home or building. Unfortunately, these are often scams. A proper air duct cleaning requires more man power and time to effectively and completely clean all the duct work. A company advertising such low costs may be skipping sections of duct work or not producing thorough craftsmanship.
Another common scam air duct cleaning companies use if the advertisement of a free mold test. The companies will tell you they are conducting a free mold test and show you some paperwork of “results” that show your air duct system is contaminated. They may then tell you the condition of your duct work is not salvageable and is extremely hazardous and dangerous to your health and the entire ducting system needs to be remediated. There are third party laboratory/consultants who perform professional mold testing and are better qualified to be making such an assessment. A company who performs both the testing and work is considered a conflict of interest and could potentially be trying to get as much money as possible from you.
To avoid possible scams, be sure to check the company’s name on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) website. It is also a good idea to check with family and friends for referrals on companies they know and have used in the past.
The key to avoiding scams is to educate. Make sure you are doing research when it comes to services such as air duct cleaning. Air duct cleaning is a service where you typically cannot see inside the ducting system before and after to check on the efficiency and quality of work. For a free estimate on a professional air duct cleaning from a BBB and NADCA accredited company, call Airtek Indoor Air Solutions at 1-877-858-6213 today.