Breathe Easier with Air Free Duct Cleaning

  • Duct cleaning can be called by many names such as vent cleaning, HVAC system cleaning, “duck cleaning”, and others.
  • Here at Air Free we clean to the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) standard.
  • Not only will we remove the built-up dust and debris from your ductwork, but we will also clean your registers and your furnace.

Indoor Air Pollution

  • Your HVAC ducts are the lungs of your home; carrying air not only throughout the house, but also into the lungs of your family.
  • On average, a typical home creates 40 lbs of dust per year.

  • According to the EPA, just 0.41″ of buildup on a heating or cooling coil can decrease your HVAC efficiency by 21%!

  • Duct cleaning has proven to reduce the amount of indoor air pollution (IAP) in homes, thereby improving IAP side-effects such as: asthma, allergies, headaches, coughing, and more.

The 3 Types of Duct Cleaners in Iowa

Companies that offer “Whole House Specials for $99.00” sound too good to be true… Because they are. These companies use cheap, outdated equipment and employ poorly-trained operators. Many of these companies also practice up-selling, leaving the customers with an expensive and underperforming job.
These kinds of companies are ones that do duct cleaning as an add-on, but is not their focal point. Typical companies like this include Carpet Cleaners, HVAC Repair, and HVAC Installation companies. Often times these companies do not invest in proper training and equipment. Many also over charge for this additional service.
Professional air duct cleaning companies continually invest into the latest training and equipment. This insures that we can offer our customers the best quality for their home. When looking for a pro make sure you always check that they are NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) certified.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

  • A clogged dryer vent isn’t just frustrating, it is also very dangerous. Dryer vents are the #1 cause of residential fires in the US.
  • When a dryer vent is congested, it can use up to 30% more energy than a dryer with a clear vent. If your dryer is taking more than one cycle to dry, it is also doing twice the work, cutting it’s lifespan in half.
  • Sometimes your dryer vent flap can no longer open and close as it should, this will often lead to birds nesting in your toasty warm dryer vent. This is not only unsanitary, but nesting material, like lint, is highly flammable.
  • To keep your dryer and your family safe and healthy, we recommend getting your dryer vent professionally cleaned annually. It is also good practice to always clean the lint filter between loads of laundry, and periodically use a small vacuum to carefully clean out the inside of the dryer, as well as the lint trap.

Frequently Asked
Questions

How much will the duct cleaning cost?

The cost of air duct cleaning will depend on the size of the system to be cleaned, the air duct material, layout of your home, system accessibility, and the level of contamination. We do not charge by the vent, so no need to count registers! 

Why is it Important to Choose a NADCA Certified Company?

Air duct cleaning companies must meet stringent requirements to become NADCA Members.  All NADCA Members must have certified Air System Cleaning Specialists (ASCS) on staff who have taken and passed the NADCA Certification Examination.  Passing the exam demonstrates extensive knowledge of HVAC design and cleaning methodologies. ASCS’s are required to attend continuing education seminars in order to maintain their NADCA certification status.  NADCA Members have signed a Code of Ethics stating they will do everything possible to protect the consumer and follow NADCA Standards for cleaning.

How Long Does Duct Cleaning Take?

For a typical one-furnace residence, duct cleaning will take 3-4 hours. However, the amount of time it takes to clean a residential HVAC system depends on many variables such as the size of the home, the number of systems, the extent of the contamination, and the number of HVAC cleaners performing the job.

Can I Just Clean my Dryer Vent Myself?

The majority of dryer vents are too long to use a run of the mill vacuum. Dryer vents are the #1 cause of residential fires. When this amount of safety is at risk, it is important to know it has been cleaned properly.

Will I Need to be There During the Duct Cleaning?

No. However, our technicians will need access to the furnace, air conditioning system, and ductwork. All technicians are insured, uniformed and will arrive in specially equipped company vehicles. 

How Often Should I Get my Air Ducts Cleaned?

Dryer vents should be professionally cleaned annually. Duct cleaning is recommended every 3-7 years. However, the 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 with lots 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 to remove contaminants resulting from the construction process.

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