FAQ | DUCT CLEANING SCAMS
Do I need to watch out for air duct cleaning scams?
Bait-and-switch scam: Begins with a low price offer (often a coupon) such as $8 a vent, $99 special, etc.
'Here’s the problem with those $99 specials (we’ve actually seen them advertised for as low as $49): What typically happens in those scenarios is the company offers this great price, usually in the form of a coupon, to get in the door. Once inside, they almost immediately find other problems — black mold is a common scare tactic used by unscrupulous contractors — or they try to up-sell the homeowner on additional services. Those who fall prey to these air duct cleaning scams often pay upward of $600, even into the thousands.' -Angie's List
'The “bait-and-switch” technique is another common air duct cleaning scam. This occurs when you’re offered an amazing deal by coupon or over the phone. Once the company arrives for the scheduled appointment, they’ll perform minimal work, tell you that you need more, and continue to offer you service upgrades for additional fees. Some scammers even use scare tactics to get homeowners to pay more for subpar services. Unfortunately, even when you commit to the upsells, you are still not going to get quality work.' -NADCA
'Consumers should beware of “blow-and-go” air duct cleaning companies. These companies often charge a nominal fee and do a poor job of cleaning the heating and cooling system. These companies may also persuade the consumer to pay for unneeded services with and/or without their permission.' -NADCA
Extra Services Scam:
'The air duct cleaning in your house is necessary, but don't fall for high pressure tactics. Beware of the latest trap: the Air Duct Cleaning Services scam. In this fraudulent activity, victims are lured into believing that their units need unnecessary fixes.' -Scam-Detector
Mold inspection scams:
Many scammers take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners by preying on their fears. They’ll typically offer a great coupon to get their foot in the door. Then, during the air duct cleaning and “inspection” process, the contractor will make false claims about finding mold in the home, charging thousands of dollars for a service that isn’t needed. If a contractor tells you they found mold, put a hold on the job before agreeing to get work done. Then, either call a different company for a second opinion or contact a licensed mold assessor to get it evaluated. -NADCA
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What is the average cost for Air Duct cleaning?
'The cost of cleaning your air ducts is determined by the size of your air duct system and the extent of contamination. On average, homeowners spend between $263 and $472, with $349 being the national average.' -HomeAdviser
'My advice is simple: avoid those low ball offers. Companies offering a super low price on air duct cleaning might do more harm and no good. The fact of the matter is this: the average air duct cleaning for most homes costs between $300 and $500, with the price affected by factors like the size of the home, the number of ducts and their configuration. According to Blue Book International, the average price for air duct cleaning is $35 per vent. So if your home has a total of 10 vents, the total would be $350.' -Angie's List
'According to the Environmental Protection Agency, properly cleaning an entire system in an average-sized home may typically range in cost from $450 to $1,000.' -NADCA
Are there any health benefits that come from Air Duct Cleaning?
'Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to collect a variety of contaminants such as mold, fungi, bacteria and very small particles of dust that have the potential to affect overall health, The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality.' -NADCA
How often should I have my HVAC/Air Ducts inspected?
NADCA recommends homeowners have their air-handling unit (HVAC unit) inspected once a year and their air ducts inspected once every two years.
How often should I have my HVAC/Air Ducts cleaned?
It is generally recommended that you have your HVAC/Air Ducts cleaned every 3-5 years. Depending on the circumstances, some should consider having the service performed more frequently. Such as recommended by NADCA:
Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the homeowner. Some of the things that may lead a homeowner 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 the amount of indoor air pollutants in the home’s HVAC system
after home renovations or remodeling
prior to occupancy of a new home.
Will having my HVAC system cleaned improve the efficiency of my system?
'Research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has demonstrated that HVAC system 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.' -NADCA
Why is it a good idea to have my dryer vent system professionally cleaned?
'Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer hose and vent duct, reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually creating a fire. These hazards can be avoided by thoroughly inspecting and cleaning your dryer vent every year. (This is particularly true if your dryer vent duct was not designed or installed properly.) Not only are you reducing the risk of fire, you’re also putting money back into your wallet by improving the dryer’s efficiency... If your system is clogged, it not only wastes energy, but can cause the heating element and blower in the dryer to wear out faster.' -Ivey Engineering Inc.
'According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 16,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These clothes dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents.' -Building Performance Institute Inc.
Will having my dryer vent cleaned improve the efficiency of my dryer and save me money?
'Not taking care of your dryer causes several issues, starting with longer drying times, which can lead to shrunken clothes and heat-damaged fabrics. It can also drive up your utility bills, since the dryer is one of the more energy-intensive appliances in the home.' -Consumer Reports
How often should I have my dryer vent system cleaned?
'Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer hose and vent duct, reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually creating a fire. These hazards can be avoided by thoroughly inspecting and cleaning your dryer vent every year.' -Ivey Engineering Inc.
Generally, It is good practice to have your dryer vent cleaned once a year. The frequency of dryer vent cleaning ultimately depends on several factors, including, condition of your vent system, condition of your dryer, and frequency of use. -HyperCleanBoise
What is the average cost for dryer vent cleaning?
'On average, a professional dryer vent cleaning will cost anywhere from $90 to $160...' -HomeAdviser
Does HyperClean use sales tactics to 'squeeze' its customers?
Absolutely not! We do not use sales tactics in order to take advantage of our customers. We believe in honest, courteous, hassle free customer service. We also believe in transparent pricing. Our pricing is displayed on our website for all to see. There are absolutely no hidden fees, and we stand by our work with a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. What you see is what you get!
Is HyperClean clean and careful while performing their services?
Yes! We are very serious when it comes to taking great care in caring for your home. Our equipment is very well maintained and kept clean. We are courteous and always strive to treat the property of others as if it were our own. Will will use shoe covers and corner guards when necessary, and always make sure to clean up after ourselves. You will not be disappointed.