Having your air ducts cleaned by a professional may end up costing you quite a bit of money. That is why people often neglect to have it done. Did you know that you can learn how to clean your own air ducts? It is a little complicated to do, but it is not an impossible task as long as you have the right tools available.
You will need to have a vacuum cleaner with a hose. Preferably it will be a shop vac., but any type will work. Also, you need a roll of paper towels, a stiff brush with a long handle on it, a screwdriver, and a new furnace filter. If you have all of these things available, you are more than able to clean your own heat and air unit.

Before you start cleaning, take your roll of paper towels and visit each of the registers in your home. You do not want to have dust flying out of them when you are cleaning and a paper towel will stop it from happening. One thing you definitely need to do is turn on the fan. Most thermostats have a fan only option and this is great. Use it if you have it. Otherwise, you will want to turn on the heat blower.
Your first task will be to venture down into the basement or under your home where the air ducts are located. You will need to use the brush handle to beat on the ducts and loosen some of the dirt that may be stuck to them. Do not hit hard, a tap will work well enough. After you have done this, you can venture back into your home and start on each of the registers in your home.
Take the register off and use your vacuum hose to catch dust that may come out of it when you do. Use the brush you have to reach as far into the duct as possible. Always hold the vacuum hose where you are working so that you do not get a face full of dust.
After you have visited each of the registers, you will need to clean the air return register, which is usually a large vent that holds your filters. Open it up with the screwdriver and clean all parts of it thoroughly. When finished there, you will need to locate and clean the main ducts that lead into your home.
If you feel confident in your abilities, you can also turn off the power supply to your unit and clean the fans that are inside of it. This can be dangerous unless you know how to turn off the power to your air conditioning unit. If you are not comfortable with this, contact your local air conditioner company and have them come clean the fan.

Everyone knows that dirty air ducts will mean that air does not flow as well as it should. However, many people do not want to attempt to clean them on their own and even more, do not want to have them cleaned by a professional. The thing you should keep in mind is that you could be making your air conditioner work harder because you do not want to have the ducts cleaned. This will run up your power bill so that you pay more in that way. Isn’t it best to simply clean the air ducts and avoid spending money over years?
Before you consider the price of an air duct cleaning, you should first make sure that you are due for a cleaning. A good average for duct cleaning is every three to five years. This means if you have lived in your home for more than five years, you definitely need to consider having it cleaned, because it is hard telling how much harder your heat and air unit is having to work to keep your home comfortable.
There no set price for air duct cleaning. It depends on how large your home is, how many ducts need to be cleaned, and more. However, when you contact someone about cleaning your ducts, you can expect at least $300. The reason for this is that it is not always an easy process to clean them the right way. While the professional is cleaning, they may discover other issues that you will also have to pay for if you want to save money on your power bill. The initial price of cleaning may be a little scary for someone who is struggling financially, but your ducts are what allows you to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
If a company offers to clean your air ducts for little to no money, it is often so that they can “find” issues that they must repair.
Issues may include mold or bad ducts. Moldy and faulty ducts are possible, but you should have it tested for mold before you panic. You also have to worry about a contractor who says you should clean your ducts more often than every 3 years. They do it hoping you will spend more money than you have to and it can turn you sour on legitimate cleaning if you fall for it once.