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Serving all of Marin County including San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, San Anselmo, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Tiburon, Sausalito, Fairfax and Ross.

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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose an air duct cleaning company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified air duct cleaning contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated air duct cleaning company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

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More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

How to Choose
Find the Best Air Duct Cleaning Company in Marin County

Do you see or smell mold in your air ducts or when you turn on the furnace? Do you suffer from asthma or allergies and find yourself having a difficult time breathing in your house?  Or you have many pets with lots of fur and dander flying. You’ve taken all the steps and tried everything from vacuuming to cleaning to air filters to working with your doctor. You might want to consider an air duct cleaning....

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Do you see or smell mold in your air ducts or when you turn on the furnace? Do you suffer from asthma or allergies and find yourself having a difficult time breathing in your house?  Or you have many pets with lots of fur and dander flying. You’ve taken all the steps and tried everything from vacuuming to cleaning to air filters to working with your doctor. You might want to consider an air duct cleaning. Air duct cleaning cleans your heating and/or cooling system – from the coils to the ductwork that runs throughout your home to the registers and grilles that send air to and from the heating or cooling source. A proper air duct cleaning addresses the entire system.

No doubt your home in Marin County, whether you live in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, or Larkspur, has been bombarded with coupons. No matter where you are looking, you want to be sure you are getting a complete cleaning from a qualified firm. Use the information below to help you decide on the best air duct cleaning company for you.

What About These Offers for Air Duct Cleaning in Marin County?
Look at the flyer you’ve just received. It offers really cheap air duct cleaning that will change your life. As usual, your sound common sense lets you realize that what’s too good to be true is probably not true. As you move around your house in Marin County, whether you live in San Rafael, San Anselmo, Novato, Mill Valley, Larkspur, or Sausalito, Fairfax, or Belvedere, you may be thinking about what an air duct cleaning will actually do for you. You’ve heard about concerns about indoor air quality –pollutants that can build up to greater concentrations indoors than in the outdoors. When you have asthma sufferers or allergies, or have lots of pets, you may be even more aware of air quality. Will cleaning your air ducts help resolve the problems?

Do not work with a company that says that cleaning the air ducts will dramatically improve your health. The research simply isn’t there to back up the claims. Air duct cleaning can make sense in that air ducts and your heating/cooling system send air through your home. That air may have dust or other particles in it, and those particles may accumulate over time. So it makes sense to clean those areas once in a while, if you decide to.

Of course, if your heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system shows signs of mold, you should definitely have it cleaned. You should also search for the sources that allowed the wet in to start the mold, since it will merely mold again until you address the root cause. You should also have your ducts cleaned if rodents or insects are infesting them. And if you can see that dust or other material is clogging the ducts or dust actually gets spit out the registers, you are a good candidate for air duct cleaning.

If you are not sure if you need a cleaning, one good point of reference comes from the people who installed your heating or cooling system. They may be able to help you understand how sealed or unsealed your system is, and where possible contamination may enter. You can, of course, also ask an air duct cleaning company. The air duct cleaning company should be professional and responsible, but you must take care, since of course they also want to sell you something.

Very low rates are a big red flag. If you look at the all the components that must be cleaned in a complete service, you will see that it is no small job. In addition, the company has overhead for the proper equipment, including the vacuum systems. Often, the company advertises a teaser rate, then the company piles on charges on so that you end up with a big bill. As far back as 1996, the EPA estimated that a good air duct cleaning job costs between $450 and $1,000. Look for an air duct cleaning company that will provide a reasonable estimate, taking into account the size of your house and ductwork, access to the heating/cooling coils, and the entire system.

Avoid a company that pressures you to set up a regular air duct cleaning schedule. The frequency with which you decide to clean your ducts depends on who is living in the house, what animals are present, whether there is a change in conditions, such as a sudden increase in rain and subsequent water damage followed by mold, and similar variables. Since the absolute benefits of getting an air duct cleaning are not yet completely understood, you should have it done only as needed. A good air duct cleaning company will understand this and not try to lure you in annual contracts. Air duct companies themselves estimate that a cleaning lasts between three to seven years. This very wide range that makes setting up a schedule less than helpful. Also, if you have the misfortune to encounter a poorly trained technician, your heating and cooling system runs the risk of damage.

What Tools Are Used to Clean Your Marin County Air Ducts?
Once you are looking for a good air duct cleaner in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Larkspur, Mill Valley, or Novato, make sure your air duct cleaner has the proper tools to complete the job. Such tools include a vacuum to remove particles from the air ducts. The vacuum may be truck-mounted or may be portable. While some companies may claim their truck-mounted vacuums are superior, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the trade association for air duct cleaners, says that if the trade association’s standards are followed, either a truck-mounted or a portable vacuum will do the job effectively. Truck-mounted vacuums do tend to be more powerful, but a portable vacuum can be brought into enclosed spaces, closer to the ductwork itself. If a portable vacuum is used and it exhausts into the house, it must have a HEPA filter to prevent particles from entering the interior space. Your air duct cleaner may also have a use for handheld vacuums and wet vacuums, which should also have HEPA filtration.

Your air duct cleaner might also need tools to cut into ductwork for better access. Inspection tools might include mirrors, a camera or closed-circuit television, or a periscope. Brushes are used to agitate the equipment and loosen dust. Some air duct cleaning companies may also use an air whip, an air gun, or a blowgun to loosen and move debris. However, fiberglass components can be damaged by these aggressive tools, so care is needed.

The Right Training to Clean Air Ducts in Marin County
Training is an important issue when it comes to air duct cleaners, no matter where they operate in Marin County, whether in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Novato, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Tiburon, or Belvedere. To perform a proper cleaning, your air duct cleaner should have a C20 contractor’s license from the California Contractors State License Board. This is because the C20 license is granted to those who build, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning, and ventilation equipment. In a proper air duct cleaning, the cleaning requires removing and cleaning the blower motor components, then putting them back. Since the blower motor is part of the HVAC system, the air duct cleaning company should be properly licensed. California contractors are required to include their license number in any advertising. You will notice that many air duct cleaning companies do not have a license. You should ask them why not and what components they include in the air duct cleaning service that they provide.

Besides looking for the state license, you want to look for air duct cleaning companies that belong to the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA). Members of the association will perform work to the association’s defined standards and adhere to their ethics commitments. The companies also pledge to hire at least one certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS).

Showing the Professionalism to Clean Air Ducts in Marin County
When you hire your air duct cleaning company in Marin County, whether in Larkspur, Sausalito, Novato, Fairfax, Belvedere, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, or Tiburon, you should use the common sense you usually use to hire a contractor. Ask two or three contractors for an estimate. Make sure the estimate is for your particular house, not a general estimate. Ask how long the company has been in business, as well as what licenses and certifications it has. California requires any company with employees to have workers compensation insurance, so check that the company has it, so that you are protected if a worker is hurt on your property. Also check that the air duct cleaning company has general liability insurance and is bonded. California requires that its contractors be bonded. Ask for a written agreement before work is started. Ask how long the job may take and how many people it may require and make sure any quote covers those variables. Ask how the firm plans to protect any pets and the house during the cleaning process.

What Do I Expect From a Marin County Air Duct Cleaning Company
Before you look for your ideal air duct cleaning company, whether in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Novato, Larkspur, or Mill Valley, you should know what to expect from a proper cleaning. Before beginning any air duct cleaning, the company must look to see if asbestos is present. If it is, it must be handled according to regulations.
Some of the main task will consist of removing dust and particles. An air duct cleaner should use tools, such as brushes or blowguns, to agitate debris, in concert with a vacuum that will pull the debris out of the heating or cooling system. Both the supply and return air ductwork should be included. The supply air ducts supply heated or cooled air to the rooms, while the return air duct takes air back to the heating or cooling devices, usually a coil. The supply registers, return air grilles, and any diffusers should be removed, cleaned, and replaced. The supply and return plenums need cleaning. Check especially for moisture on the supply plenum, which can lead to mold. The supply plenum sometimes gets damp if condensation from the coil is not properly drained. The plenums are boxes that are close to the coil for the heating or cooling device and connect to the rest of the ductwork that travels throughout the house.

Be sure that the heat exchanger’s air-stream side gets cleaned, as well as the secondary heat exchanger. The blower motor and its housing and assembly should be removed, cleaned, and put back, leaving no oil or other dirt on the blades and the blower compartment clean. The evaporator coil, drain, and pan should all be clean, and the coils should not be damaged or pushed together after the cleaning. Any air filters should be replaced with filters that match those recommended by the heating/cooling system’s manufacturer. The air cleaner should also be washed.

Why Would My Air Duct Cleaner Recommend a Chemical?
Chemicals come into play if they are used to clean or recommended to prevent mold and bacteria growth. In the case of using chemicals to clean, the evaporator coil may be cleaned using chemicals and water instead of vacuuming.

To prevent bacteria and fungus growth, some air duct cleaners may recommend a chemical. You must be extremely careful about allowing the use of such chemicals. Releasing them into the air in your home may cause reaction problems for the occupants. Any such chemicals must be registered for specific uses with the EPA, and they cannot be used for anything besides the registered use. There are a small number of chemicals that are registered for preventing bacteria and mold. Any such chemical must be applied as described on its label. For example, if the label requires rinsing with water, it should not be used, since it is not a good idea to introduce water into your ductwork. Note particularly that these chemicals are only for use on bare sheet metal. Much ductwork today includes fiberglass duct board, or is flexduct, which includes fiberglass, or is a metal pipe lined with fiberglass. In any case where fiberglass is involved, the material should be replaced if it has mold or other contamination, since there are not products approved to clean fiberglass.

If you decide to use chemicals, be cautious and safe. First ask the air duct cleaner to show you the mold or other microbial growth. Not everything that looks like mold is mold. If your air duct cleaner shows you material from inside your ducts and claims that it is mold, you should get it checked by a laboratory to prove that it is mold. The chemical should be shown to you, so that you can verify that it is approved for use in your situation. Always use chemicals to kill microbes as a last result. Speak with your air duct cleaner to find out if he or she cannot simply remove the existing growth and then address the source of the problem – for example, improper evaporation drainage – to prevent it from returning.

You may find yourself receiving a suggestion that you use a sealant. You might find yourself being sold a sealant that will prevent particles and dust from breaking free into the air. In most cases, these sealants do not provide any value. First, they are often sprayed into the ducts, so that complete coverage is not achieved. In addition, a sealant may harm ducts built from fiberglass, reducing their ability to reduce noise and possibly even harming their fire retardation abilities and voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. Sealants for preventing dust from escaping are in general not recommended by the EPA, NADCA, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), or the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA).
There are other kinds of sealants that may be appropriate when repairing damaged fiberglass insulation or fire damage in the ducts. A sealant should never be applied on top of wet, dirt, mold, or the like.

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Know What You Want
Things to Consider Before Hiring an Air Duct Cleaning Service

Before you decide on an air duct cleaning company, it’s a good idea to get what you want straight in your mind. No matter where you are looking in Marin County, whether in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Larkspur, or Novato, you want to be prepared. Going into the search, there are a few things to think about. Asking yourself the following questions may help you prepare to hire the best air duct cleaner....

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Before you decide on an air duct cleaning company, it’s a good idea to get what you want straight in your mind. No matter where you are looking in Marin County, whether in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Larkspur, or Novato, you want to be prepared. Going into the search, there are a few things to think about. Asking yourself the following questions may help you prepare to hire the best air duct cleaner.

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified company thatis rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  2. Can I easily access my heating/cooling system components or will I expect the air duct cleaning team to have to create access?
  3. What are my ducts made of? Sheet metal or sheet metal lined with fiberglass? Flexduct? Fiberglass board?
  4. Is it important to me that my Marin air duct cleaner be associated with NADCA?
  5. Is my heating/cooling system working properly before the cleaning?
  6. Do I want chemicals used in my air duct cleaning?
  7. Do I want a Marin County air duct cleaning service that will protect my family, my house, and my pets during the cleaning process?
  8. Am I looking for an air duct santizing service that offers a realistic assessment of my house and air duct vacuuming needs?
  9. Do I want to make sure my air duct cleaning company is licensed as an HVAC contractor?
  10. Do I see mold on my ductwork or smell a moldy smell?
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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to Ask Your Marin County Air Duct Cleaning Company on the Phone

Before an air duct cleaning company comes out to your house, be it in San Anselmo, Larkspur, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Novato, Sausalito, Tiburon, Corte Madera, Sausalito, or anywhere in Marin County, you can begin by asking some questions on the phone. The phone interview will allow you to weed out companies that cannot provide professional answers to your questions. Compiling a list of questions will help you remember everything you want to ask and will provide consistency so that you can compare answers accurately. ...

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Before an air duct cleaning company comes out to your house, be it in San Anselmo, Larkspur, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Novato, Sausalito, Tiburon, Corte Madera, Sausalito, or anywhere in Marin County, you can begin by asking some questions on the phone. The phone interview will allow you to weed out companies that cannot provide professional answers to your questions. Compiling a list of questions will help you remember everything you want to ask and will provide consistency so that you can compare answers accurately.

  1. Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  2. Will you inspect for asbestos before beginning the air duct cleaning process? How will you handle it if it is found?
  3. Can you describe all the components of the system you will clean?
  4. Will you protect my furniture and floors during the air duct cleaning, or am I responsible for that?
  5. How much will the air duct cleaning cost?
  6. Do you use any chemicals in the cleaning, or do you recommend the use of any chemicals?
  7. Will you provide a written estimate?
  8. Have you worked with my type and brand of system previously – furnace, heat pump, air conditioner?
  9. Do you have a C20 HVAC license from the state of California?
  10. Are you associated with NADCA?
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What to Ask in Person
Questions to Ask Marin County Air Duct Cleaning Companies in Person

You and your Marin County air duct cleaning company representative will most likely meet in person when the representative comes to your home to do an estimate. A visual estimate is the best way for the company to know what is actually involved with your home. Some air duct sanitation companies may have you describe your system over the phone, in which case, the more you know about it, the better. But speaking in person with someone who will perform the estimate for your house is one of the best ways to get insight intothe process. ...

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You and your Marin County air duct cleaning company representative will most likely meet in person when the representative comes to your home to do an estimate. A visual estimate is the best way for the company to know what is actually involved with your home. Some air duct sanitation companies may have you describe your system over the phone, in which case, the more you know about it, the better. But speaking in person with someone who will perform the estimate for your house is one of the best ways to get insight intothe process.

  1. How many air duct cleaning company employees do you think the job will take?
  2. How long do you think the air duct cleaning services will take?
  3. Will you use vacuum cleaners in the house that don’t vent outside? If so, are they HEPA filtered?
  4. Do you see fiberglass used in my heating/cooling system? How will you clean it?
  5. Do you see any places where you may have to open up access to my ductwork or heating/cooling system?
  6. If you do need to open access points, how will you make sure they are sealed after the air duct cleaning?
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What to Ask References
Ask Previous Customers About Their Experiences with Local Air Duct Cleaning Services

It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified air duct cleaner because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from an air duct cleaner in Marin County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews....

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It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified air duct cleaner because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from an air duct cleaner in Marin County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can’t find a Diamond Certified air duct cleaner within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your air duct cleaner. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the air duct cleaner are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. In fact, many air duct cleaning contractors in Marin County and the Bay Area likely give out customers references that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

  1. Did the cleaners respect your house and leave it clean after the air duct cleaning was completed?
  2. Was there any damage to your heating/cooling system as a result of the air duct cleaning?
  3. Did you have any chemicals applied to clean your air ducting system?
  4. Did the air duct cleaning company recommend any chemicals for killing mold and bacteria?
  5. Did you get a written estimate for the air duct sweeping?
  6. Was the quoted price what you paid? Or did they tack on fees?
  7. Was your entire system cleaned or did they just blow some air through the ducts only?
  8. Was the crew pleasant and easy to work with?
  9. Did the air duct cleaning team help you inspect the work after they cleaned?
  10. Were you satisfied with the air duct cleaning provided? Why or why not?
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Review Your Options
Find and Hire a Good Air Duct Cleaning Service in Marin County

Consider the following questions before deciding on the best air duct cleaning in Marin County for you....

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Consider the following questions before deciding on the best air duct cleaning in Marin County for you.

  1. Is the air duct cleaning company acting professionally, giving a valid, written estimate of the cost of the job?
  2. Are the air duct cleaning technicians performing the job certified by NADCA?
  3. Does the air duct cleaning company act in accordance with the best ethics, reviewing the site for possible asbestos?
  4. Is the air duct cleaning company concerned with keeping your family, pets, and house safe during and after the cleaning?
  5. Does the air duct cleaning company have the appropriate equipment to perform the job safely, especially HEPA filters on any vacuums that exhaust into the building?
  6. Does the air duct cleaning company ask the right questions about the composition of your duct system and explain how they will handle fiberglass materials?
  7. Does the air duct cleaning company recommend the use of chemicals? If so, can they clearly explain the value of doing so?
  8. Does the air duct cleaning company help you inspect the job after it is complete?
  9. Is the air duct cleaning company licensed and affiliated with NADCA?
  10. Is the air duct cleaning company dedicated to do a complete job, cleaning all components of the system or are they just going to blow some air through just the ducts?
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How to Work With
In Anticipation of Hiring a Marin County Air Duct Cleaning Company

Before you decide to hire a Marin County air duct cleaning company, whether you are looking in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Larkspur, Mill Valley, or Novato, do some background checking. Know what kind of heating or cooling system you use. Is it a furnace and air conditioner or do you use a heat pump? Examine your ductwork. Is it made of bare metal pipes? Or are the pipes lined with fiberglass? Does your system also include fiberglass duct board or flexduct? If you cannot tell, ask for help....

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Before you decide to hire a Marin County air duct cleaning company, whether you are looking in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Larkspur, Mill Valley, or Novato, do some background checking. Know what kind of heating or cooling system you use. Is it a furnace and air conditioner or do you use a heat pump? Examine your ductwork. Is it made of bare metal pipes? Or are the pipes lined with fiberglass? Does your system also include fiberglass duct board or flexduct? If you cannot tell, ask for help.

Look for areas where there are large amounts of dirt that may clog the system, look for signs of mold, and look for signs of animal or insect infestation. Consider access to your system – make sure the cleaners can get to it. Be aware of areas where the air duct cleaners may have to create access.

You’ve Found Your Marin County Air Duct Cleaner
Once you’ve settled on a Marin County air duct cleaning company that you are going to go with, whether you are in San Rafael, Novato, Larkspur, Mill Valley, or San Anselmo, you need to ask them for a solid,

written estimate. Ask any questions you have about how they will clean your heating/cooling system. If the issue of using chemicals comes up, ask to see the labels and make sure the chemical is used for the purpose and in the manner described on the label. Work with your air duct cleaner to protect your furniture and floors, as agreed. If chemicals are used, it’s wisest to clear all occupants of the house, including pets, during the application.

To Make the Job Easier for Your Marin County Air Duct Cleaning Company
A small amount of preparation on your part can make the job easier. Know as much about your heating/cooling system as possible, so you can indicate what you want cleaned. Know the materials used in your system so you can make the appropriate decision, for example, knowing that you should not try to fix wet, moldy, or smelly fiberglass material, but should replace it. Decide with the air duct cleaning company who is responsible for covering and protecting the furniture and floors.

How will they be protected? Do your part as agreed. Speak with your air duct cleaning representative about where new access might need to be added. Be clear that you expect any additional access to be sealed after the cleaning. Clarity about expectations prevents frustration on both sides. If you cannot be on site during the cleaning, make sure the air duct cleaning company can contact you for any questions. Let the air duct cleaning company know at the start of the appointment that you would like to use their inspection tools to check after the cleaning is done.

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Be a Good Customer
How Can You Be a Good Air Duct Cleaning Customer?

It's the air duct cleaner’s responsibility to perform quality cleaning on your air duct system. But you play a big part in the success of your air duct cleaner, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Marin County air duct cleaner....

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It's the air duct cleaner’s responsibility to perform quality cleaning on your air duct system. But you play a big part in the success of your air duct cleaner, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Marin County air duct cleaner.

  • Be clear and upfront with the air duct cleaner. Let them know what you want from your air duct cleaning, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Before you hire an air duct cleaner in Marin County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the air duct cleaning representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local aid duct cleaners occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your air duct cleaner if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your air duct cleaning service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re cleaning your air ducts. The work will move along more smoothly if your air duct cleaner can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your air duct cleaning contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the air duct cleaning on schedule.
  • Pay for the air duct cleaning work promptly.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Air duct cleaners in Marin County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
How Do I Decide If My Marin County Air Duct Cleaner Did a Good Job?

When it comes to evaluating your Marin County air duct cleaning company, whether in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Larkspur, Mill Valley, or Novato, you can visually inspect the system. If something in particular led you to wanting your air ducts clean, check on it to see if it is resolved. Peer down the ducts to see if you can see dust or particles. A good air duct cleaning company will often lend you the same tools they use to inspect, so that you can see the job is well done. Many ducts today include fiberglass board, flexduct, or metal pipes lined with fiberglass....

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When it comes to evaluating your Marin County air duct cleaning company, whether in San Anselmo, San Rafael, Larkspur, Mill Valley, or Novato, you can visually inspect the system. If something in particular led you to wanting your air ducts clean, check on it to see if it is resolved. Peer down the ducts to see if you can see dust or particles. A good air duct cleaning company will often lend you the same tools they use to inspect, so that you can see the job is well done. Many ducts today include fiberglass board, flexduct, or metal pipes lined with fiberglass. If you have fiberglass, make sure there are no rips or tears in the fiberglass. Look for mold or mold stains. Mold should be cleaned from metal pipes, and fiberglass material that had mold should be removed.

Before the cleaning begins, make a checklist of all the components that you expected to be cleaned – from the registers, to the plenums, to the blower motor, to the evaporator coil. Ask the air duct cleaning company if each component on the list has been cleaned, and ask for explanations if they have not been cleaned. You should be able to shine a flashlight on the evaporator coil and see the light shine through to the other side. If the air duct cleaner had to make any access openings, they should be shut after the inspection and properly sealed. Finally, you should test that the system works after the cleaning – in both heating and cooling modes, if you have both.

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Written Warranties
Checking Work Against Invoice and Asking for Warranties

Your main goal is to ensure that the entire system is cleaned, not just some ducts. You may have prepared your personal checklist of the pieces to be cleaned. Try to get this checklist as part of the invoice. If not, go through the checklist to make sure all the pieces of the system were cleaned as you anticipated.
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Your main goal is to ensure that the entire system is cleaned, not just some ducts. You may have prepared your personal checklist of the pieces to be cleaned. Try to get this checklist as part of the invoice. If not, go through the checklist to make sure all the pieces of the system were cleaned as you anticipated.

Be sure to ask your air duct cleaning company about warranties. Many provide services with a guarantee of customer satisfaction. Ask what the warranty covers and what the process is for making a claim against the warranty. Ask about the procedure for compensation if the heating/cooling system is damaged during cleaning.

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Top 10 Requests
Top Requests for Air Duct Cleaning Services in Marin County

Air duct cleaning should be performed by professionals ready to do the full job. You need to make sure that all the components of your heating and cooling system are cleaned properly. These are not really separate service requests, but points that should be covered by any proper air duct cleaning service as part of the standard air duct cleaning.

Clean and Reset System Components...

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Air duct cleaning should be performed by professionals ready to do the full job. You need to make sure that all the components of your heating and cooling system are cleaned properly. These are not really separate service requests, but points that should be covered by any proper air duct cleaning service as part of the standard air duct cleaning.

Clean and Reset System Components
There are supply registers, return air grilles, and diffusers that are spread throughout your house as part of the heating and cooling system. These should all be removed, cleaned, and returned to their places during the air duct cleaning.

Clean Plenums
The plenums are boxes that attach the devices that heat or cool the air to the rest of the ductwork that spreads through the house. Both the return and supply air plenums need to be cleaned, and you should make sure the supply plenum in particular does not have moisture built up.

Seal Air Duct Access Panels
Sometimes, your air duct cleaning professional will need to cut access panels to get at parts of the system to cool it. You should make sure the access panels are properly sealed after the cleaning.

Heat Exchanger Cleaning
Both the air-stream side of the heat exchanger and the secondary heat exchanger must be cleaned.

Remove, Clean, and Reinstall Air Duct Blower Motor
The blower motor should be removed and cleaned, along with its housing and assembly. The blades must not have oil or other dust, nor should the blower compartment as a whole.

Clean Evaporator
The evaporator coil, pan, and drain must be cleaned. You should be able to point a flashlight at the coil and have the light shine through. If not, the coil is not clean.

Replace Air Filter
The dirty air filters should be removed and their replacements should match the efficiency rating recommended by the heating or cooling system’s manufacturer.

Wash Air Cleaners
The air cleaner should also be washed as part of the air duct cleaning.

Clean Supply Ductwork
Make sure that the ductwork that send the air supply to the rooms in your house is cleaned.

Clean Return Ductwork
Check after the cleaning that the return ductwork, which sends air back to the heating or cooling device is clean.

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If Things Go Wrong
Rely on The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified air duct contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the air duct cleaner is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified air duct contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the air duct cleaner is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

To Stop Conflict with Marin County Air Duct Cleaning Companies
When all other methods fail, you can go to the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to file a complaint. The CSLB will take complaints about licensed and unlicensed contractors. For licensed contractors, where the board decides that it has jurisdiction, the board may refer the parties to mediation. It may also

pursue investigations that result in citations and fines, suspending a license, ordering a contractor to fix a job, or allowing a complainant to hire someone else to fix a job.

For unlicensed contractors, the board may investigate and pursue a court case. If you are mostly interested in getting restitution, you should take your case to small claims court, as the CSLB cannot guarantee restitution.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Air Duct Cleaning Customers

When you want to know if your air ducts are going to be cleaned properly, you need to be able to discuss your system with your HVAC expert. Below are some terms that may help you be more comfortable with the conversation.

advanced reciprocating compressor
Kind of compressor used for improved efficiency when compression refrigerant for cooling.

air handler
In the heating and cooling systems for your house, the part that sends the air through the ductwork.
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When you want to know if your air ducts are going to be cleaned properly, you need to be able to discuss your system with your HVAC expert. Below are some terms that may help you be more comfortable with the conversation.

advanced reciprocating compressor
Kind of compressor used for improved efficiency when compression refrigerant for cooling.

air handler
In the heating and cooling systems for your house, the part that sends the air through the ductwork.

British thermal unit
Measure of heat. One BTU is roughly equivalent to the amount of heat that a wooden kitchen match gives off.

Also known as: BTU

annual fuel utilization efficiency
A rating on a furnace that indicates how efficiently the furnace uses fuel to make heat. Reported as a percentage. An AFUE of 90% indicates that 90% of fuel is producing heat, while 10% is leaving as exhaust due to combustion.

Also known as: AFUE

CFM
A measurement that shows the number of cubic feet of air that flow by a single point in sixty seconds. Higher numbers indicate greater air flow.

Also known as: cubic feet per minute

capacity
Refers to a system’s ability to affect a specified amount of space. Heating capacity is usually described in BTUs, while cooling capacity is usually described in tons.

carbon monoxide
A gas created by combusting carbon-based fuels when there is not sufficient air. It is highly dangerous, while being odorless.

compressor
A part of a heating or cooling system that determines how much pressure is put on the refrigerant. It is typically part of the outside unit.

condenser coil
The condenser coil is the part of a heating or cooling system that returns refrigerant from a gas to a liquid. Changing the state from gas to liquid extracts the heat. It is typically part of the outside unit.

DB
Unit of measurement for noise.

Also known as: dB, decibels

damper
A damper is part of duct work. It can open or shut to allow or cut off airflow.

downflow
Refers to a kind of furnace that moves cool air from the top and sends warm air to the bottom. Often used when a furnace is placed on the second floor.

ductwork
Pipes that send air from a system’s air handler to the vents located throughout the house.

Also known as: ducts

EER
A calculation that determines how efficient a device’s energy use is. The formula is to divide the device’s BTU by its wattage.

Also known as: energy efficiency ratings

electronic air cleaner
A kind of filter, it can remove large particles and contaminants from the air. For smaller particles, it magnetizes viruses, bacteria, and other tiny particles, then attracts them to a collection surface.

Also known as: EAC

energy saver switch
Makes an air conditioner’s fan and compressor switch on and off in sync, so that less energy is used.

Energy Star
A government program to label devices that offer better energy use than others in their category. This allows consumers to save on energy costs.

evaporator coil
Part of the indoor system for the heating or cooling system, it changes the state of the refrigerant from liquid to gas or vice versa, thus removing heat and humidity from the air.

Also known as: indoor coil

fan coil
A fan coil may be used instead of the furnace and evaporator coil. The fan coil is also an indoor part of the system, and it changes the state of the refrigerant from liquid to gas or vice versa to remove heat and humidity.

HEPA
A type of filter used to prevent particles from re-entering the surrounding space.

Also known as: high efficiency particle air

HSPF
Measurement used to describe how efficient a heat pump is. A higher number indicates more efficiency.

Also known as: heating seasonal performance factor

HVAC
The acronym for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

heat exchanger
A part of a furnace that moves heat to the surrounding air.

heat pump
A heat pump moves heat and cold in and out of the house. When used in cooling mode, it performs like an air conditioner to remove heat from the house. In heating mode, it uses heat from the outside to warm the house.

horizontal flow
A kind of furnace that takes air in one side and send it out warmer on the other side. Installed on its side, it is often the type used for attics or crawl spaces.

Also known as: horizontal heater

phantom load
The electricity that a device uses when it is plugged in and not turned on.

plenum
The plenum is sheet-metal box that allow more ductwork to connect to either the furnace outlet or the air handler outlet.

split system
A split system may be a heat pump or air conditioner. The components are installed in two locations, usually inside and outside.

two-stage compressor
A compressor that can operate at two different levels. When properly sized, the device operates 80% of the time at its low level, and 20% of its time at its high level. By operating at the lower level most of the time, the device improves efficiency and reduces humidity level and operational noise.

upflow
A furnace type. It pulls cool air in at the bottom and exhausts warmed air out the top. Often used in a basement installation.

ventilator
A device that gets heating or cooling energy from the indoors air and moves that energy to incoming air.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Marin County Air Duct Cleaning FAQ

Q: Why Choose a Diamond Certified Air Duct Cleaner?...

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Q: Why Choose a Diamond Certified Air Duct Cleaner?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose an air duct cleaner with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only air duct cleaners rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporationalso monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified air duct cleaner.

Q: Should I call a Marin air duct cleaning company that is offering a $99 per house special?
A: Air duct sanitization companies that offer very low prices for the whole house should be avoided. The rate is almost always simply a teaser, designed to get the unwary to sign up. The customer can then be hit with endless charges that drive the price up. In 1996, the EPA estimated air duct cleaning charges at between $450 and $1000.

Q: Does it matter whether the company uses a truck-mounted or portable vacuum?
A: When the air duct cleaning is done according to NADCA standards, either a portable or a truck-mounted vacuum can perform adequately. While a truck-mounted vacuum is usually more powerful, a portable vacuum may be able to be brought closer to the job itself. For all portable and handheld vacuums that exhaust into the house, it’s important to be sure they use HEPA filters.

Q: Why does it matter what my ducts are made of?
A: Fiberglass is present in much of modern ductwork, whether in the shape of fiberglass duct board, fiberglass lining for ducts, or flexduct. Older ductwork may be bare sheet metal. The distinction is important for several reasons. First, cleaning is performed by using a brush or other tool to loosen particles, which are then vacuumed up. The bristles on the brush must be soft when used with fiberglass, so that the fiberglass is not damaged. The air duct cleaning company must also be careful about using other tools instead of brushes – blowguns, air whips, and the like may not be appropriate for use with fiberglass. Secondly, once fiberglass is damaged by mold or water, it is recommended to replace it, rather than trying to fix or remediate it.

Q: Why is there mold on my ductwork?
A: Mold typically comes from damp that is allowed to linger. Damp can be a problem with a heating/cooling system if the coil is not properly drained. The coil is at the heart of the system and it is where refrigerant is changed from liquid to gas or vice versa. Changing the state of the refrigerant can remove humidity and heat or can bring heat in. The liquid/gas conversation can have condensation as a by-product. This condensation must drain properly so that mold does not take hold. This is one major source of mold.

Q: My air duct cleaning company showed me mold from my duct. I never noticed it. Are they right?
A: Some air duct cleaning companies will claim that you have mold in your ducts. You should ask for proof. The company may put a petri dish or similar collection device into the duct and then give you the resulting substance as proof that mold is present. Actually, no one can tell if mold is present visually. You should take the substance to a lab and get it tested to be sure it is actually mold.

Q: My air duct cleaning company wants to put a sealant in my ducts. Should I let them?
A: First, ask what the sealant is designed to do. Some sealants are offered with the claim that they will reduce the movement of dust and particles in the ductwork. You should not accept these sealants. First, the sealant will probably be applied by being sprayed into the duct. You cannot guarantee that the sealant will cover the entire surface properly. Secondly, for ducts with fiberglass, the sealant may harm their ability to resist fire and provide better acoustics. The sealant might even void the fiberglass manufacturer’s warranty.

Other types of sealants, such as sealants to mend fiberglass or for fire resistance, might be appropriate for use. Ask what the purpose of the sealant is, how it will affect your warranties, and how you will know that it is working.

Q: My air duct cleaner wants to spray some anti-microbial chemicals in my ductwork. Is that ok?
A: You should approach the use of chemicals in your air ducts very carefully. Sometimes air duct cleaning companies recommend chemicals to fight bacteria or mold. First, you have to consider how you or family members might react to the chemical. Second, you should ask to see the chemical’s label. You should make sure the chemical is being used for one of the purposes identified on the label – otherwise it should not be used. You should also check how the label says the chemical should be applied. If the chemical cannot be applied as directed on the label, it should not be used. For example, if a water rinse is required, it cannot be used in ductwork because water should not be introduced. With caution, chemicals approved for it may be used on bare sheet metal surfaces.

There are no chemicals approved for use on fiberglass or flexduct, or any fiberglass material. If these materials have mold, they should be replaced.

Rather than using chemicals at all, you should search for the source of the problem and try to eliminate it. For example, mold can be eliminated if it is caused by poor condensation drainage if you fix the way the condensation is draining.

Q: What can I do to prolong the life of my air duct cleaning and sanitization?
A: Air duct cleaners estimate that a clean lasts three to seven years, depending on who lives in the house, heating/cooling usage, the local climate, and the like. Your best way to preserve a clean heating/cooling system is to prevent dirt and water from entering. Make sure the draining in the system is handled correctly. Change air filters annually (at the same time, it’s good to do carbon monoxide testing). Make sure that you are not missing filters, and that the filter holders do not allow air to pass around the filter. Vacuum the house regularly to prevent dirt build up. If you have a major renovation project in the house, seal off the registers and don’t run the system until you have cleaned up after the project. Make sure ducts are sealed and insulated unless they are in air conditioned spaces.

Q: I can see dust on the vents where air flows in my house. Do I need air duct cleaning?
A: You may see dust on the registers, or grilles, where air flows into and out of your heating/cooling system. This does not automatically mean that you should get your air ducts cleaned. You can easily vacuum the grilles clean, or other wise clean them. It is normal for the grilles to accumulate dust over time. Look for large buildups of dust in the vents themselves to determine if you need an air duct cleaning because of dust.

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Consumer Agencies
Air Duct Cleaning Agencies and Associations

Bay Area SMACNA (www.bayareasmacna.org/)
Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (www.cslb.ca.gov/)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (epa.gov/)...

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Bay Area SMACNA (www.bayareasmacna.org/)
Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (www.cslb.ca.gov/)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (epa.gov/)

National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) (www.nadca.com)
North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) (www.naima.org)
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) (www.smacna.org/)

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Industry Information
Marin County Air Duct Cleaning Information
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