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Time to Change Your Furnace Filter?

By Dave Trosdahl on January 6th, 2008

Here’s a question we are asked all the time; “How often do I need to change my furnace filter?”. While there are many factors involved, a good rule of thumb is to change your furnace filter every month. here are some of the factors to consider when deciding how often you should change the furnace filter in your home:

  • Is your house dusty? – A house with dirty air ducts will blow dust and dirt around the house and will ultimately assist in plugging up the filter faster. If it’s been a while since you had your air ducts cleaned, play it safe and get them cleaned.
  • Do you have pets? Cats and dogs are notorious for shedding hair which will eventually find it’s way into your heating and cooling system.
  • How often does your furnace run? If you live in Minneapolis or New York City, chances are your furnace will run a lot more than if you live in Atlanta.  On the other hand, the people that live in Atlanta will run their A/C a lot more than the folks who live in the northern climates.
  • Are you bothered by allergies? You might be tempted to go out and purchase a HEPA filter, but be prepared to pay for it twice! Not only will you pay more for it and still have to replace it every 6 months or so, your furnace will be required to work much harder to draw air through the filter.
  • If you have an electrostatic furnace filter you will need to wash it as recommended by the manufacturer.

No matter what you decide, remember that if there is a forced air system in the home or office the filter must be changed regularly and duct cleaning should be considered as a part of routine home maintenance. Doing so will help insure that your family is breathing cleaner air and your heating/cooling system is not overworking.

Worried About Having a Bad Duct Cleaning Experience?

By Dave Trosdahl on November 1st, 2007

We don’t blame you for being worried. Anytime you hire a stranger to come into your home it can be a little unnerving. And, as in any industry, there are companies that give our industry a bad rap. As a professional air duct cleaning company, I would like to mention a few things regarding hiring air duct cleaning companies. Check with the BBB, ask for RECENT referrals, join Angie’s List. These should be steps you take whenever you hire a service company to come into your home.

First, you need to understood in advance that $39 for anything is not cost justifiable. Throw that coupon out! Many people do not understand this. These companies have already started out the relationship under false pretenses. When it comes to duct cleaning, If the company is quoting a price it should state “whole-house” (who would partially clean their duct work?). If it does say whole-house, and you don’t agree to any upgrades, write the check out for the coupon amount and not a penny more! They will never pursue it in court, they know they are in the wrong.

Our air duct cleaning company offers a $99 “whole-house” special. It is not at all uncommon for our techs to leave a job with a $99 check. That’s all some people want or need. For others, they want the rotary brush method. That takes longer and we charge $189. Others also want their dryer vents cleaned. That’s another $65. We are not pushy, we show, explain and then let the customer decide. We like to think that we play fair. We don’t mislead you with an artificially low price, nor do we inflate the cost of a rather simple procedure by making it sound very complicated, dangerous, and high tech. We know that some people want this reassurance, we just don’t do it that way. Some shop at Wal-Mart, others want Saks Fifth Avenue.

We like using the “upgrade” method because it saves the customer money. This way, you don’t pay for things they don’t need. For example, if your furnace was just installed, you don’t need a furnace cleaning for one year from the date of install, so why pay for it? If you don’t have central air, a dirty chimney, or a dirty clothes dryer vent, why would you pay a lump sum which includes all that?

Lastly, I disagree with the EPA’s comment that air duct cleaning should take 4-6 hours. Our installers can install new ducts in 6-8 hours! Many of these expensive companies make a big production out of duct cleaning. They are only air ducts! This comes from a guy who has been in the home services/air duct cleaning business for many, many years!

Here’s the big picture.
– Because ducts are made of metal, they are typically much easier to clean than carpeting or fabric.
– No company will send two of their techs to your home for less than $100. When you add up all the expenses, the math doesn’t work. Our company plays the odds. We know that a large percentage of people will want other things cleaned when they see how dirty (and dangerous) the dust or lint build up in their vents can be.
– Read and re-read the coupon. Is their a limit on how many vents? If so, count them and tally it up. does the price include both the hot AND cold air returns, if not, ask how much this will add to the price. Is furnace cleaning included or how about your a/c if you have one?
– Ask the duct cleaning company if they will cover the vents. This will prevent dust from blowing around your home.
– If you want video, you are going to pay. It takes much longer. Again, remember…it’s duct work! Unless you expect to see something, or you are overly curious, or suspect you have a severe mold problem, this is usually just a scheme for duct cleaning companies to increase the overall ticket of their jobs. They will tell you it’s necessary, we think it’s just a gimmick.
– You should be able to tell if they are professionals within the first 15 minutes. If they are anything less than you expect, ask them to leave.

– Visit the bad service forum and read the good and bad experiences of others.

I hope this helps.

Dave Trosdahl