Duct Cleaning FAQs

How often should I have my ducts cleaned?
 In most homes, every two years is adequate. If you live on a gravel road and leave your windows open a lot or have multiple pets that shed a lot, it may be necessary to do an annual cleaning. 
Can dirty air ducts contribute to my allergy issues?
 You are breathing the air that is coming through your ductwork.  As the air flows through your ducts, it picks up all the contaminants and sends them into your living space for you to breathe.
Will I need to dust as much as I do now if I get my ducts cleaned?
 Cleaning dirty air ducts will dramatically reduce your dusting frequency.
How will I know that my ducts are actually clean when you are finished?
 You can watch us clean your air ducts on a video screen. We use a camera to clean your air ducts so that we know that your duct work is clean, and you are welcome to watch.
How long will cleaning my air ducts take?
 Depending on the size of your home and the number of ducts that you have, it can take anywhere from half a day to a very long day. Occasionally, we do projects that take us two days. 
How much will it cost?
 We charge for each vent. A vent represents a run of duct work.  If you tell us how many vents you have in the floor and how many you have the ceiling, we can tell you exactly how much it is going to cost.  Your dryer vent is free if we are cleaning your duct work.
Why should I clean my dryer exhaust vent?
 Home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home dryer fires. 
Do you clean anything else besides the vents?
 We can clean the main HVAC unit in your mechanical closet and the outside condenser unit. 
Why should I clean my condensing unit?
 It will prolong the life of the unit, keep it working efficiently and thus reduce your utility bill. 
Should I shut my vents off in a room that I’m not using?
 This is not a good practice. Your HVAC unit was sized to your home and the number of vents that you have.  Shutting off a vent restricts the air flow and puts pressure back on your unit.  When you are running air conditioning, the air hitting the vent and being trapped creates heat from the friction.  What you think you are saving you are actually spending more to make your HVAC unit compensate for this added pressure.  This also eventually takes a toll on the life of your unit as well.  
Will this make any difference in my utility bill?
 If your duct work is just dirty, probably not. However, we often find duct work that has come apart and needs repair.  If you are turning your air up or down to compensate for damaged duct work, it can have a significant impact on your utility bill and your comfort level.

Bixler Corporation
226 South Dysart Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

Phone: 417.882.0043

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