If you've been dealing with a lot of dust and debris in your home's air, you may want to consider getting your air ducts cleaned.
The experts at Angie's List have some reasons why a cleaning could be a good idea for you. They say there's no scientific evidence that an air duct cleaning improves your home's air quality, but some people say it made them breathe easier. Experts say it can also improve the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling system.
There are a couple of ways to tell if your ducts are dirty.
"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," said Dave Adams, Air Duct Cleaning Company Owner. "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."
Angie's List says it's important to deal with reputable contractors for air duct cleaning. Watch out for unbelievably low initial prices. Contractors who offer them may then tack on extra fees or charges.
"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," said Angie Hicks, Founder of Angie's List. "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."
Angie's List says another simple way to improve the air quality in your home is to change your furnace filters regularly.
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