Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to maintain clean air ducts?
The need for duct cleaning arises because during the operation of the HVAC system dirt, dust, debris, allergens and other particles build up in the air ducts over time which may adversely effect the indoor environment and performance of your HVAC system.

How long will it take to clean out my air duct system?
It typically takes 2 technicians at Young Environmental Service from 3-5 hours to clean a standard size home. (2000 – 2500 square ft.)

How often should I have my air duct system cleaned?
At Young Environmental Service recommend cleaning every 3-5 years. If someone in the household has asthma, allergies, or respiratory concerns, it can be more frequent.

Will cleaning out my air duct system create a mess in my house? A friend had it done and said that after the company left, “Dirt blew out of all their vents when the furnace turned back on.”
It is important to hire a company the will clean the “entire system”. At Young Environmental Services our cleaning method is labor intense and each system is thoroughly cleaned and inspected prior to restarting your system so we have never had a problem with “dirt blowing out the vents” after a cleaning. There is no mess left on the completion of the job.

How do you clean an air duct system?
For best results, Young Environmental Services prefers to employ the use of brushing whips and contact cleaning, whenever possible. The results are excellent and the cleaning methods we use will not damage components or negatively alter the integrity of a properly installed air duct system.

Are there different methods of cleaning an air duct system?
The three most popular methods are vacuuming, rotary brushing and air sweeping.

How much does it cost to clean out my air duct system?
It typically costs $450.00-$750.00 for a standard size home. (2000 – 2500 square ft.) Beware of companies with coupon and newspaper ads that offer “Whole House Duct Cleaning for $79.00”.

Will your quoted price change once we arrive and start the job?
No. All our work is a “Fixed Price” by the job in writing prior to completing the work. If the job takes a little longer than expected to complete, we will not charge any additional fees.

How do you know if your HVAC system was cleaned properly?
The best way to determine if an HVAC system was effectively cleaned is to perform a visual inspection of the system before and after cleaning. The cleaning contractor should be able to allow you sufficient access to visually inspect the system. Make sure the contractor has installed enough access panels in the ducts to reach the entire system.

Does your contractor possess the proper licenses that are required by your city or state to perform the work they are proposing?
Unfortunately “scams” involving unethical air duct cleaning companies have occurred in Kentucky Insist on a firm written estimate prior to scheduling any cleaning work to be done. All written estimates should have a corporate address listed, a license number which can be verified on the State of Ky, Dept of Consumer Protection website and proof of insurance, at a minimum.

How do I receive an estimate and schedule to have my home’s air duct system cleaned?
You can give us a call or fill out the form on our Contact page ,if you prefer you may count your vents And we will provide a guesstimate.

Why should air ducts be cleaned?
Studies have shown that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times MORE polluted than outside air. Most disposable filters remove about 10% of these pollutants allowing 90% to enter the air system, even during the construction of a new home. The pollutants contain dust, pollen, mold spores, animal dander and much more. These materials collect in the furnace, air conditioner and duct surfaces, just as they do on the furniture and floor surfaces. The furniture and floor are cleaned regularly but the duct surfaces are hidden from view and can only be reached by specialized duct cleaning equipment. These pollutants can migrate out into the room again, or become a food source for mold and bacteria, which can thrive in this dark comfortable environment from high humidity or moisture from the air conditioner or humidifiers. Biological growth can release mold spores or toxins into the air system.

How should the air system be cleaned?
We will use a push pull method and contact vacuuming along with negative air pressure.

Will a dirty air system result in higher energy costs?
Depending on the amount of contamination and its location, energy consumption could be increased. If the fan blades, evaporator coil or other control components of the system are heavily contaminated, the system may have to run much longer to cool or heat the occupied space, wasting a lot of energy.

Which parts of the air system should be cleaned?
There are 3 major parts to an air system:

  1. The supply and return grills;
  2. The interior surfaces of the supply and return trunk lines and fingers.
  3. The furnace/air conditioner air handler. All 3 components must be cleaned. If only one or two of the components are cleaned, the contaminates from the 3rd component will rapidly contaminate the ones that were cleaned.

How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Once an air system is thoroughly cleaned, it should remain clean for 3 to 5 years if properly maintained and a high arrestance filter is installed. A standard disposable filter only stops about 10% of the airborne contaminates, allowing 90% of the dust in the room to flow back into the air system. To maintain protection against biological growth, an EPA registered biocide should be applied every 6 to 12 months by a qualified Duct Cleaning Professional.

What are the sources of air duct contamination?
All inside air was once outside air, so all of the dust, chemicals, pollen, insects and mold spores in the outside air can be pulled into the air system. People shed millions of tiny dead skin cells every hour. Cooking smoke, household insect sprays, personal care products are also a source of pollutants. Many construction materials, carpets, wood products and plastics give off pollutants as well. During construction or remodeling activities, many types of dust are produced and find their way into the duct work. If the duct components were stored outside prior to construction, they may have collected dust, rain water and even mold before they were installed in a system.