As a homeowner, you should plan to have your HVAC duct system cleaned every three to five years, on average. This isn't a job that you should attempt to perform on your own; to ensure that the work is done correctly, you need to hire a licensed and experienced duct cleaning service to handle the task for you. A quick online search will reveal many services that can perform this job, but you want to be sure to take enough time to find the right company. Checking for recommendations from neighbors can be helpful, but at the end of the day you need to speak to a contractor and feel confident that you've picked the right one. Here are some things to confirm before you agree to the work.
That You'll Get Before And After Photos Or Video
Many reputable duct cleaners use state-of-the-art technology -- namely, tiny cameras -- that can show you how your ducts look before and after they've been cleaned. Because your ducts are a closed system, you can't simply take a peek inside to see how they look at the end of the work. Your contractor should be able to provide you with visual evidence of the amount of dust sitting in your ducts before the work begins, and then another photo or video that reveals the cleanliness of this network at the conclusion of the job.
That The Price Seems Reasonable
While you might feel tempted to hire the cleaning service that promises the lowest rate, you should be wary about doing so. Keep in mind that for the average Canadian household, you should expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $275 to $350 to have this job done. Hiring a contractor who provides you with a price estimate within this range -- provided you have an average-sized home -- means that the contractor is aware of industry trends and should provide you with a thorough job.
That The Contractor Offers A Warranty
Your licensed duct cleaner should offer a warranty for his or her work, so make sure that you confirm the details of this plan before you hire this professional. The length of the warranty can vary, but look for something that will give you 100 percent of your payment back if you're not completely satisfied with the quality of the job. You can feel confident in hiring a contractor who offers this warranty, as he or she will get the job done right to ensure your satisfaction.