We get this question a lot. Should we clean the ducts before or after installing a new heating and cooling system? The answer is definitely before.
Since cleaning your ducts is critical to ensure your new heating system runs smoothly and efficiently, you want your ducts clean from day one. Air duct cleaning removes dust built up over time. As well it removes other contaminants such as dusty, dirty and debris. A clogged air duct means your new HVAC system will not operate efficiently. Moreover, dirty air ducts could impact the quality of air in your house.
If you’re considering replacing your old HVAC system with a modern one, call a professional to clean your ducts beforehand.
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans, fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing. Duct cleaning is a necessary step when you are planning to have new furnace and air conditioner installed. And here you can ask yourself a question. Should you replace your furnace and air conditioner before or after a duct cleaning?
The next question we get it how much will it cost to clean my ducts?
According to Home Advisor, the cost varies depending on how dirty your ducts are and the size of the home. On average, homeowners spend between $265 and $471, with $353 being the national average. To keep your residential ducts clean, it will cost on average $20 to $30 per vent.
The amount of debris or mold present in your system could certainly ratchet up the overall price. The cost of mildew removal is around $0.07-0.08 per square foot, on top of your initial cost, according to Blue Book. Removing these elements involves added time, special equipment and even special chemicals. In fact, you may be referred to a specialist if mildew and mold is too severe.
So is it worth it to clean your air ducts before installing your new HVAC system. In my opinion, yes. If you want to ensure your HVAC system is running at optimum efficiency and the air you and your family breathe is pure, get the ducts clean as quickly as possible.