Q.  How do I know if my duct work needs cleaning?

A.  Ask yourself the following: Do people in the house suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems?  Do you experience nausea, headaches, itchy eyes, etc. while at home?  Do you have pets in the home and/or excessive dust on furniture and horizontal surfaces?

If you don’t remember ever having your duct work cleaned or if you haven’t cleaned them within the past 5 years, it’s probably time. If your duct work has been cleaned in the past, you will typically find access doors installed on the supply and return plenums near the furnace.  Remove a register grill – ones on the floor or near the floor are easiest to remove (often no screws) and peer inside with a flashlight – check several areas for a representative sample.


Q.  How often should residential HVAC system be cleaned?  (We recommend a cleaning every 2 - 5 years.)

A.  Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the home owner. Some of the things that may lead a home owner to consider more frequent cleaning include:

    * Smokers in the household.

    * Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander.

    * Water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system.

    * Residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the home’s HVAC system.

    * After home renovations or remodeling.

    * Prior to occupancy of a new home.


Q.  How long should it take to clean a typical residential HVAC System?

A.  The amount of time it takes to clean a residential HVAC system depends on many variables such as the size of the home, the number of systems, the extent of the contamination and the number of HVAC cleaners performing the job. Ask at least two contractors to inspect your system and give you a time estimate for your particular system. This will give you a general idea of how long the job should take as well as an idea of how thoroughly the contractor plans to do the job.  A typical 2,000 sq. ft. home averages 4-5 hours to complete the cleaning.


Q.  What is a normal price range for the air duct cleaning service?

A.  The Environmental Protection Agency says that “duct cleaning services typically – but not always – range in cost from $450 to $1000 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climatic region, and level of contamination” and type of duct material.  Consumers should beware of air duct cleaning companies that are making sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning – such claims are unsubstantiated. Consumers should also beware of “blow-and-go” air duct cleaning companies. These companies often charge a nominal fee (such as a $99.00 whole house special) and do a poor job of cleaning the heating and cooling system. These companies may also persuade the consumer into unneeded services with and/or without their permission.


Q.  How much does 1st Choice charge for their services?

A.  Please click the "About us" tab for our pricing information.


Q.  What service area does 1st Choice Air Duct Cleaning cover?

A.  1st Choice Air Duct Cleaning covers the Fond du Lac area in the 54935 area code at no extra cost for travel related expenses.  We will travel as far as up to 50 miles from Fond du Lac for an additional travel charge of $35.00 which will be added to final bill.


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