If you own a home, at some point, you’re going to have to clean your ducts. Luckily, this is one of those things that doesn’t have to be done regularly; every few years or so should be fine. However, it has to be done, so how do you go about finding a reliable and reputable service?
Remember, there will be many scam artists out there, so you don’t want to fall victim to one of them. You may have noticed that there are many telemarketers who pester you incessantly to offer duct cleaning and every one of these is a scam. Here are some good tips you can use to finding a good duct cleaning service.
1. NADCA Trained & Certified
When searching for a company, keep in mind to hire someone who is NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) trained and certified. They should be an active member, as this body regulates this particular industry. This also means that the staff who do the work will have to go for yearly training to maintain the proper procedures. If you find someone who has these credentials, you can be confident in hiring them, knowing that the job will be done right.
2. Research The Company
You can always use the Internet to do some research on a company in this industry. This helps, because you can find other homeowners who would have left feedback on their experiences and how they rate these services.
3. Word Of Mouth
Another way to find a company for your duct cleaning would be to ask your friends or even neighbours. If they recommend someone highly, you will feel a lot better when you decide to hire them. Word of mouth is very powerful either way, be it positive or negative, so this is a good way to go about it. However, even with a recommendation, there is no harm in digging a little deeper by researching them as well. In fact, it would be advisable, just to give you that extra push.
4. Flexible Pricing
You may have researched a few places, so if you narrow it down to two or three companies, try to go with someone who offers some flexibility as far as pricing is concerned. Normally, a company will have a basic fee, however, some companies will offer some flexibility when it comes to the type of cleaning that is needed as well as for other services. If you know what kind of work you’d like to have done, speak to them and see if you can negotiate a discount.
5. Ask About Chemical Use
Find out from the company the chemicals they use and if it is environmentally friendly. Ask about any safety measures the technicians take. This subject is important because you may have small children or pets in the home and you need to keep them safe and unaffected by chemical use. You can also note the chemicals they use and find out more about it on your own.
You want to know how long it will take for the work to be done. If you contact their customer service, you can tell a few things about them and their professionalism by how efficient and quick they are with responding to your enquiries.
To improve the air quality in your home, you need a good company to take care of the air duct cleaning. Don’t be fooled by people who say they can do it for under $50. This is a scam. They will throw in additional charges, so do not trust them. Remember the saying that if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.