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Duct Cleaning Tips

Author: Better Business Bureau

  • Be skeptical of claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning. These claims may be unsubstantiated by scientific and medical communities.
  • Research companies and get written estimates from several businesses before paying a duct cleaning service.
  • Ask for references. Check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints filed against the business.
  • Be aware that Ohio currently does not require air duct cleaners to hold special licenses.
  • If a company claims that mold has been found, conduct a visual inspection yourself. Unless a substantial amount of mold is visible, cleaning may be unnecessary.
  • Confirm the presence of mold in your air ducts with another source. Don't rely solely on the in-home test the air duct cleaner may conduct.
  • Check with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for guidelines on having your air ducts cleaned.

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