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Angie's List: Air Ducts

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In this edition of Angie's List we take a look at whether or not there's value in getting your home's air ducts cleaned. Homeowner Adam Ketterman did his own drywall work and says, "It didn't really occur to me that even though we vacuumed it all up that their might still be some that got sucked into the system." Ketterman says he suffered from a nagging cough after the work was done, so he had his air ducts cleaned, "I did feel a lot better physically right after the duct cleaning like within two to three days. I noticed it was like flipping a switch, so I was kind of excited about that."

There is no scientific evidence regular duct cleaning improves air quality. Some consumers' say when they have their ducts cleaned, they experience fewer allergy symptoms and cleaner air.

There are a couple of ways to tell if your ducts are dirty. Dave Adams an owner of an air duct cleaning company says, "One of the easiest ways to find out is to take the vent cover off, stick a camera phone down there and take a picture. They are going to be able to see down the duct. Another sign is if the house is dusty a day or two after cleaning the house."

With any service beware of bait-and-switch. A company advertising a low price and then immediately start tacking on up-charges or using scare tactics. Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks says, "It's important for consumers to get written in-home estimates because a lot of times air duct cleaning is based on either the square footage of the home or the number of vents. A typical air duct cleaning might cost anywhere from $300 to $500. If you find you're being offered a really low price, you're going to want to question it."

Qualified air duct cleaners will follow strict standards set by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association this will assure a company won't make the problem worse or damage your heating and cooling system.

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