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Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions that you may have when it comes to air duct cleaning and other types of cleaning services. We have selected a list of common questions, and answered them so that you will be better informed.

How often should I clean my air ducts?

You should clean your air ducts every 3 to 5 years. Also, it is pertinent that you clean the air ducts when you just moved to a new home or completed a major renovation. Sawdust from construction projects tend to spread throughout the home, especially ductwork.

How do I know if my air ducts are dirty?

Air ducts become dirty when mold exists inside it. Also, when you see a visible burst of dust exiting the vents or if you notice rodents or other insects entering and exiting the air ducts, this indicates that your air ducts are dirty.

Why is it necessary to clean air ducts?

Under the presence of moisture, spores and microbiological growth may be released into one’s living space. These contaminants may cause adverse effects on one’s health if exposed to it over time.

Is air duct cleaning messy?

No. Because dirt and dust particles can easily be knocked loose and captured by a high-powered vacuum. Minimal debris is exposed to your living space in the process.

How long does it take to clean the air duct system?

It depends on the number of vents in your air duct system. Typically, it takes three to four hours.

How much should an air duct cleaning process cost?

Air duct cleaning services costs $500 and more on average. We have to take into account factors such as the number of ducts involved, level of contamination and the size of your home.

How often should I replace my air filter?

It depends on a few factors. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Pets: If you own pets that shed a lot of fur or hair, the air filter needs to be changed once a month.
  • Allergies: If you are sensitive to dust, you may need to implement a quarterly replacement cycle.
  • Vacuuming: If you vacuum regularly, you double the lifespan of the air filter, so you only need a bi-annual change.

How often should I clean my dryer?

You should clean out the exterior once a year or when you notice signs of a clogged vent. A burning smell while your dryer operates means it needs to cleared of potential debris like lint. It is recommended that you upgrade to a metal duct system (not traditional sheet-metal) to prevent fires.

How often should I clean my carpet?

It is dependent on factors such as the amount of foot traffic, pets, children, smoking and etc. As a general guideline, you should clean your carpets twice a year.

How often should I clean my tile and grout?

This is a tricky question to answer as tiles and grouts can get dirty very fast, if left uncared for. The other factor to consider is whether your grout has been sealed. It is best to get tile and grout cleaning services as frequently as you need. If you work with Air Duct Brothers, we can seal your grout so that the frequency of grout cleaning can be reduced in the future.

How often should I clean my upholstery?

Depending on the usage, you can clean your upholstery every six months in order to prolong its lifespan for longer.

How often should I clean my chimney?

It depends on the frequency of usage. It should be inspected once a year to determine whether cleaning is necessary. For safety reasons, it is better to have a qualified Air Duct Brothers professional inspect your chimney for potential damages.

How often should I refinish or sand my hardwood floors?

You don’t need to refinish or sand your hardwood floors very often. It is best to get professional services for your hardwood floors based on the observation of visible wear and tear.

Are the cleaning services going to improve my energy efficiency?

Yes. Cleaning processes are fundamental to efficient usage of energy for duct systems, and others alike.

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MAIN OFFICE: 291 Maple ave.
Wallington, 07057, New Jersey

Process in which a skilled, and certified technician, uses “POWER VAC” to remove dust, dirt, and other contaminants from the HVAC system. Air duct cleaning consists of vacuuming, air washing and scrubbing all of the accessible components using a high pressure, pneumatic equipment capable of reaching every nook and cranny. That includes diffusers, branches, plenums, as well as a blower fan and a coil when needed. It is recommended to sanitize the ductwork for its optimum performance. Duration of the cleaning process depends on the complexity of the HVAC system.


Process of removing lint and other contaminants from the air vent. Clogged dryer vents are among most common causes of house fires in the United States. If your dryer has not been cleaned in over a year, it is very important to do so. Duration of the dryer vent cleaning depends on its complexity as well as the length of the air duct.


Process of restoration of any flooded area and bringing it back to its original condition. Restoration consists of removing any surfaces that came in contact with water, cleaning out the area, “air scrubbing” and drying infected space, sanitizing as well as mold remediation and restoration when needed. Flooding, faulty appliances, overflowing toilets, storms and hurricanes are among most common water damage scenarios.


Steam cleaning consists of deep carpet cleaning, tile cleaning and upholstery cleaning. High temperature steam deeply cleans and sanitizes all the surfaces leaving a pleasant and fresh scent. Powerful steam cleaning machines along with environment friendly detergents can remove any difficult stain.