Spring is an excellent time to tackle some major cleaning projects in your home. From washing the windows inside and out to scrubbing the kitchen cupboards, the list can seem endless! One spring cleaning task that may or may not be on your list is one that is best left to the professionals – air duct cleaning.

Many homeowners question whether air duct cleaning is necessary and worth the money – you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $600. The cost depends on several factors, including the size of the home, the scope of the work completed and the discretion of the company who is completing the service.

Air duct cleaning is likely necessary if you have just completed a home renovation, as your ducts will be heavy with sawdust, dirt and debris. If you have several pets or have just moved in to a home where numerous pets recently lived, it’s also a good idea to have your ducts cleaned. If you live in an older home where the ducts have never been cleaned, you are an allergy sufferer or you’ve recently had an issue with rodents or mold, having your ducts cleaned will likely be beneficial.

Some homes won’t require air duct cleaning and a reputable company should perform an inspection to see whether a cleaning is warranted.

So, what can you expect during a cleaning? The process will take between two to three hours and involve a variety of equipment. The technician will need access to all rooms in your home, including the furnace area. Be sure your cold air returns are accessible. After inspecting access ports and ensuring there are no asbestos-containing materials in your heating and cooling system, the technician will use a high-powered vacuum equipment to exhaust particles outside of the home.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) is a trade association that requires members to have a licensed technician, liability insurance and adhere to a code of ethics. Visit them at ww.nadca.com to find a member in your are