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If you recently moved into a new home or you have lived in your home for several years and you have never had your air ducts cleaned, then now is the time to schedule service. But, of course, we understand you probably have some questions. So, we have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions about air duct cleaning Wilmington NC.

How Often Should a Home’s Air Ducts Be Cleaned?

The typical home should have its air ducts cleaned every five years on average. But, there are some factors that could require you to have them cleaned even more frequently. These include:

If you’re moving into a new home, then you should have the air ducts cleaned prior to move-in because you will have no idea how long it will have been since the home’s prior owners had them cleaned, if they ever did. You may also need cleaning sooner than five years if your HVAC has suffered damage or water contamination or if your home undergoes any renovations or remodeling.

Why are Clean Air Ducts Important for Health Reasons?

The air ducts connected to a home’s HVAC system can, over time, collect dust and debris that can foster such things as fungi, mold, mildew, and bacteria, all which have the potential to affect the health of those inside the home. In such cases, the very young, elderly, and others in the household with compromised immune systems could become ill more frequently. Cleaning these contaminants from the air ducts will improve indoor air quality and make the home safer for all its inhabitants.

Will Air Duct Cleaning Help Lower My Energy Bills?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, removing collected debris from the air ducts can help improve the efficiency of the system. This will also improve an HVAC system’s lifespan because a clean system will operate easier and as such, it is less likely to break down.

I Saw an Offer for Air Duct Cleaning for $99, is That How Much It Costs?

Professional air duct cleaning in Wilmington NC costs more than $99, with the price determined by the size of the individual system. In fact, the EPA says that the average cost can be anywhere from $450 to $1,000. Companies that offer such “bargains” usually employ bait-and-switch techniques once they’re in the home to convince the homeowner that other services (usually unnecessary ones) are needed. Additionally, these companies are notorious for performing inadequate cleaning of heating and cooling systems. Therefore, a homeowner is cautioned not to fall for these scams.

How Can I Be Sure My HVAC System is Being Cleaned Properly?

An experienced HVAC service contractor will employ “Source Removal” methods when they are cleaning a home’s air ducts. This process requires placing the HVAC system under negative pressure using a specially designed, highly-power vacuum. While the vacuum is drawing air through the ductwork, special devices or scrubbers are inserted into the ducts to dislodge any debris that might be stuck to interior surfaces. The loose debris is sucked through the ducts to the vacuum, which stores it in a sealed system so it can be safely removed from the home.

Is It Time for Air Duct Cleaning Wilmington NC? Call Tidewater Today!

A safe and clean home begins with cleaned and sanitized ducts. After all, if the air isn’t clean in your home, nothing else can be. If you haven’t had your air ducts cleaned in a while, or you’re moving into a new home, then now is the time for you to have your ducts cleaned out by a professional provider of air duct cleaning services.

Tidewater is fully licensed and insured and we have been providing the Wilmington area with trusted HVAC service for more than 42 years. We’re committed to your satisfaction, safety, and comfort. Just call us today at 910-499-4755 for prompt service and professional air duct cleaning Wilmington NC.