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If the changing colors weren’t an indication for you, we’re telling you now: Fall has arrived in South Dakota!

In addition to corn mazes and pumpkins, fall is a time of year where many South Dakota residents take on house cleaning projects, including cleaning out their ducts. 

You can’t go wrong hiring out duct cleaning in Sioux Falls, but you want to make sure the job is done right. Keep reading to learn why duct cleaning is important for your home’s air filtration, and which questions to ask a potential furnace and duct cleaning service in South Dakota. 

Why is Duct Cleaning Important for My Home?

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First, what is duct cleaning and why is it important for your home? 

Duct cleaning according to the EPA involves the clearing and cleaning of the various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems.  

Living in South Dakota, most of us have our heat turned on in our home for a good five to six months out of the year, and our air conditioning turned on the other five to six months (sometimes both heat and air conditioning in the same week)!

Over time, your ducts can collect dust and debris. This makes it harder for the heat to flow through your home, and can also reduce the air quality for those who suffer from allergies.

Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Duct Cleaner

Duct cleaning is well worth the investment, and can save you money over time. However, if you want the job done right, ask these five questions when hiring a professional:

1. Are you certified and what guidelines do you follow?

Legitimate duct cleaning services should follow the recommended EPA guidelines for duct cleaning. 

It’s also not a bad idea to ask about the types of products the cleaning service uses in order to clear your ducts. Some may use harsher products while others may use more natural products. 

2. Do you give free estimates? 

Some companies give free estimates while others won’t know the cost until after the cleaning takes place. 

At Intek, we offer free video inspection services. Our camera will go into your ductwork and display it on a color monitor so you can see for yourself how dirty your ducts are, and if you believe our services are necessary. 

3. How often should my ducts be cleaned? 

When a duct cleaning service tells you to clean your ducts every year, that’s a red flag. If the duct cleaning service does their job right the first time, your ducts only need to be cleaned every five to seven years

Of course there are some situations when ducts should be cleaned more often. Examples include if you suspect mold exists in the ducts, you notice a vermin infestation somewhere in your home, or if you see visible “poofs” of dust released from supply registers. 

4. What does the duct cleaning process look like? 

In addition to knowing that a cleaning service will actually clean your ducts, you want to know how they are cleaning them. At Intek, we outline the duct cleaning process (with pictures!)  from start to finish on our website for anyone to see. 

5. Will you clean up when the duct cleaning process is finished?

The last thing you want is to find your home dirtier than before the duct cleaners arrived. Ask what measures the duct cleaning service will take to clean up after themselves, and if they expect anything from you before they arrive. 

Schedule Your Duct Cleaning Sioux Falls with Intek!

If it’s about time to clean your ducts, let the experts at Intek help you out! Request a free video inspection today!