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1. Know For Sure That Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning!

Sadly, this industry is full of unscrupulous vendors.  Many air duct cleaning companies will go through the motions of cleaning your ducts, even after they discover that a cleaning is not necessary.  In my experience, approximately 15% of the time I inspect a prospective client’s air ducts, they are NOT IN NEED OF CLEANING!  With me, when that happens, I give the homeowner the good news, and we part as friends.

2. Get Up-Front Pricing

Unfortunately, this industry is full of companies that offer unbelievably low prices, only to “upsell” you into hundreds of additional dollars or service once they have their hoses into your home.  These pressure tactics often result in the homeowner paying $600-$700 or more for the cleaning they were originally told would be well under $100.  This is Classic Bait-And-Switch!

And, if you stick to your guns and hold them to the advertised price, they basically vacuum out the first few feet of your vents, leaving you with an essentially worthless cleaning.

Fresh Ducts offers you Up Front Pricing.  Before we start, you will know what the whole job will cost you…. Usually between $495 and $595 depending on the number of vents and square footage of your home. Know For Sure That Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning!

3. Know What Equipment Is Necessary To Properly Clean Your Air Ducts

It is crucial that you know what equipment is necessary to properly clean your air ducts. In essence, you need your air duct cleaning vendor to provide you 3 things in terms of proper equipment:

1-Negative Air

This means that your air duct system is placed under a vacuum.  Ducts are sealed so that contaminants can ONLY flow out to the collection bags in our truck. With the wrong equipment, the cleaning job will often throw dust contaminants into the air within your ducts, without removing them to a collection point. This leaves them to blow out through another vent or for your furnace to blow them out into your home when it switches on.

2-High CFM

CFM stands for cubic feet per minute, a measure of the velocity of air. Many air duct cleaning companies may show up with contact cleaning, which involves a shop vac with a 2-inch hose. This equipment will only provide 300 CFM and only vacuum out the vent boxes, leaving most of the air duct system uncleaned. Other companies may show up with portable negative air units generating 3000 CFM. These are better than shop vacs but will still not be sufficient to thoroughly clean your air ducts.

The best cleaning equipment is a truck-mounted duct cleaning unit, capable of generating 10,000 or more CFM. These machines, if operated properly, will have the suction power to get your air ducts completely clean.


As powerful as a 10,000 or more CFM machine is, there are still forms of dirt dust and contaminants that are “stuck” on the walls of your air ducts. Bacteria, viruses, and molds can be very difficult to dislodge. Agitation, using a rubber hose whip, will dislodge even the toughest, most caked-on contaminants. Once they are dislodged, the high CFM system does the rest!

Fresh Ducts provides air duct cleaning service with top-of-the-line equipment that utilizes Negative Air, High CFM, and Agitation.

4. Know For Sure That The Job Is Done Right

It is important to know for sure that your air ducts are completely and thoroughly cleaned. I am often called in with my camera after another air duct cleaner finishes his job.  Too much of the time, I show the homeowner there is still significant contamination in the air ducts… AFTER the other air duct cleaner has finished his work!

Fresh Ducts always takes before and after pictures on every job to verify that all contaminants have been removed.

5. Insist On An Iron-Clad 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Many bait and switch operators are very elusive and tough to contact after the job.  All you need to do is Google “Air Duct Cleaning Scams” to see what you may face from unscrupulous air duct cleaners.

The Fresh Ducts Guarantee is simple and straightforward:

If You Are Not Happy With Our Work, We Are Not Happy!

We Will Come Back, Free Of Charge, To Fix Any Concerns You May Have.

If We Cannot Make You Happy After These Efforts, We Will Give You Your Money Back!

If you would like to find out if you in fact need air duct cleaning, contact us or schedule a FREE Video Air Duct Inspection today!