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How to Avoid Air Duct Cleaning Scams

Posted on September 09, 2013
by Susana Escamilla


You might have been a victim of an air duct cleaning scam. If you have ever done research on which duct cleaning company would best suit you, you might have found several companies advertising duct cleaning for as low as $49.99. That might sound like a great price to pay but it will leave your ducts dirty. Many individuals do not have the knowledge or experience choosing a professional duct cleaning company and decide to go with a company that offers them the “lower” price. A company that will do the job the correct way will charge $400-$1000 to clean the ducts in a 2,000 square-foot house. The Blow and Go Battle, an article by Eric Caplan talks about how consumers are getting ripped off by these companies. These types of companies who do a poor job are called “Blow and Go”. They do a poor job cleaning air ducts and all its components, charge and leave. NADCA’s President, Bill Benito, stated one important point on this article. He states, “We’re looking for the educated consumer.” It is important for the consumer to know what to expect when they call for an estimate. Matt Mongelio, NADCA’s Past President outlines what a consumer should expect when they call for an estimate and what will be done to their home or commercial building:

  • The entire duct system including the blowers, coils and registers will be clean
  • Cleaning a house will not take two hours. It will take more than 2 hours to clean the complete duct system
  • Explain the importance of NADCA Certification

An experienced duct cleaning company may have a hard time trying to get the customers that need professional work to be done on their duct system but the low-ball companies are taking advantage. However, when customers see that their ducts were not cleaned properly they will start to ask about duct cleaning. Potential customer will start to research online on which companies can provide them a healthier environment. This is where professional companies need to be honest and provide quality work in order to convince consumers that a reputable company will be the best choice. At AirTek, our AirTek technicians are certified by NADCA to ensure your air ducts, coils, vents and other equipment meet national health and safety standards. If you will like to learn more about the services provided by AirTek please visit our website and like our Facebook Community Page


*Below is a video by NBC Dateline on “Blow and Go” companies.



Source: DuctTales, NBC Dateline

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