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Avoiding Air Duct Cleaning Scams


Common air duct cleaning scams

Problem: Are scammers even doing the job they claimed to do? Of course not. One common scam is when the company goes down into your basement and blows dirt through your air ducts to make you think your ducts are dirty. A complacent home or business owner’s biggest mistake is to give the scammer free reign over the building.

Solution:Make sure and watch what they are doing. Make them show you where the dirt and dust is, where the mold is. Check and verify their work.

Problem: Is the scammer even trained to clean your air ducts? This problem is more common than you think. Just because they have a van and equipment does not necessarily mean they know what they are doing.

Solution: Check them out with the Better Business Bureau. make sure they are associated with known trade associations.

Problem: Untrained service providers will not just make off with your money, they can damage your system as well. The BB says  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a careless or inadequately trained service provider can damage your ducts or heating and cooling system, possibly increasing your heating and air conditioning costs or forcing you to undertake difficult and costly repairs or replacements.

Solution: Check the company out with your local BBB.

Problem: Are your air ducts even dirty?

Solution: This one is easy. Find out for yourself. Take a few minutes, take off the vent grate and see for yourself whether there are signs of mold. Take a flashlight and look down the duct. Is it dirty? Seeing is believing.

avoiding air duct cleaning scams

Who to watch out for

Just because they sound credible, that doesn’t mean they actually are. Here is something you’ll want to read directly from the BBB website:

BBB has received many complaints about one outfit – operating most recently under names like Pure Kleen, Priority One Air Solutions and United Restoration – which has been active for more than a dozen years. The network of individuals have set up different duct and carpet cleaning companies from Washington State to Florida and been the subject of at least three cease and desist orders issued by various State Attorneys General.

Source: BBB Website

TakeAir has an A+ rating from the BBB.

How to avoid scammers

Look for companies that are members of accredited and respected trade associations, like the National Air Ducts Cleaners Association (NADCA).

NADCA is a trade association consisting of an estimated 1,000 companies in the HVAC inspection, maintenance and restoration industry. These members have all signed the NADCA Code of Ethics, and they have also invested time and resources into industry related training and education.

Hiring a NADCA member provides consumers with an added level of security, since members possess general liability insurance, and have at least one person on staff that is trained and certified. NADCA requires that all members have at least one certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) on staff, and they must clean and restore your heating and cooling system in accordance with NADCA standards and guidelines.

TakeAir is a member in good standing of the NADCA. TakeAir is also associated with:

  • IICRC: The Clean Trust
  • EMSL Analytical: Indoor air quality testing laboratory
  • BBB: TakeAir has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau

Advice from the Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau says: make sure the company is NADCA certified.

What we do

  • We brush and vacuum the air ducts and vents to open the passage for air flow and decrease the amount of dust in the system.
  • This will keep the air you breath clean, and it will keep your system cooling your house efficiently.
  • Our main goal is to make sure your system is clean and has no blockages. Any blockage can create extra humidity and     moisture, which will in turn create more mold and bacteria.
  • We can also clean the entire HVAC system, which will help keep your system functioning without ever needing major repairs

Get you air ducts cleaned today

Dust and dirt buildup is inevitable. Let the professionals at TakeAir clean your air ducts not just from dirt and dust but the mold buildup that inflames your allergy problems as well. A clean air duct system means you will not just breathe easier, but feel better too

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