Are these microscopic fungi in your lungs right now?
"Legionnaire's Disease, which can be caused by
improper maintenance of cooling towers and HVAC systems, strikes 25,000 People
and kills over 4,000 people per year." - (Centers for Disease Control -
The air duct cleaning industry has
gained recognition over the last several years due to the increased
emphasis on indoor air quality. The National Air Duct Cleaner's
Association (NADCA) has been integral in spreading awareness on this
topic and regulating the industry as well as being responsible for
innovations in the way air duct cleaning is tackled.
There are many air duct cleaning companies that compete for consumer business. However, only
a small percentage of such companies are NADCA certified. Acquiring
NADCA certification involves rigorous training, an examination and
continuing education on an annual basis. All NADCA companies must
adhere to certain standards and protocols when cleaning air ducts.
This is what sets NADCA companies apart from what is referred to in
the industry as "bait and switch" or "blow and go" companies. Such
companies often entice consumers by using money mailers or coupons
and promising extremely low prices for their services, such as $85
for an entire house cleaning. Not only do such companies use
inappropriate methods to clean the air ducts but (i) they lack
knowledge about the air duct cleaning industry, (ii) their equipment
is sub par, often times they use a shop vac to complete the job,
(iii) they end up leaving the air duct system as dirty, if not
dirtier, than it was before they started and finally, (iv) they are
dishonest. To make matters worse, their once promised low price ends
up being 5-10 times the amount originally advertised. The drastic
increase in cost is usually blamed on hidden fees not included with
the job such as cleaning of all of the vents, the cleaning of a
return or supply duct line or even components of the air handler
unit, all of which are included in a standard price quoted by a
NADCA company. Consumers who hire these coupon companies,
unfortunately, don't take the time to read the fine print and are
left not only with a dirty air duct system but an empty pocket.
Although the up front cost quoted by a NADCA company might
appear slightly more expensive, by the time the job is completed it
will more times than not be less expensive to use a NADCA company
than a coupon company. NADCA companies do not quote jobs using
hidden fees and in addition, the ducts will be cleaned properly.
Please take a few moments to watch the below clip to see what
happens when non-certified air duct cleaning companies, which have
used coupons to entice the consumer, are hired. As the sole
Washington, D.C. NADCA certified company, our goal at Dapper Ducts,
Inc. is to educate you about the importance of indoor air quality
and choosing a NADCA certified company to complete the job.