Is Duct Cleaning a Scam?

Duct cleaning may not be necessary, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, if you want your ducts cleaned, you can find reputable firms through the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).

Low-Ball Offer

Use caution when hiring a duct cleaner.

Beware of companies that advertise to clean your air ducts for $99, as of 2008 figures. The NADCA says this should cost between $400 and $1,000, as of 2008.

Tries to Upsell

If the representative tries to sell you other, unrelated services to clean your home, such as carpet cleaning or mold eradication, do not bite, warns ConsumerReports.org.

May Not be Necessary

It has not been proven that duct cleaning will prevent health problems, according to the EPA. The EPA only recommends having ducts cleaned if there are gross problems such as mold growth, vermin or clogging due to excessive dust and debris.

Routine Duct Cleaning

Beware of firms that recommend routine duct cleaning. The EPA recommends that ducts only be cleaned on an as-needed basis.

Claims of Health Benefits and Certification

The EPA warns against companies that claim that duct cleaning will produce health benefits. These claims are not proven. In addition, do not believe any firm that says the EPA certifies them. The EPA does not provide certification for duct cleaners.

About the Author

Laura Agadoni has been writing professionally since 1983. Her feature stories on area businesses, human interest and health and fitness appear in her local newspaper. She has also written and edited for a grassroots outreach effort and has been published in "Clean Eating" magazine and in "Dimensions" magazine, a CUNA Mutual publication. Agadoni has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University-Fullerton.