This article is sponsored by Michael & Son, the leading full-service plumbing, electrical, HVAC and remodeling company serving the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years. Learn more about Michael & Son at MichaelandSon.com.
One of the best ways to keep the air in your home clean and your family members healthy is by having your ductwork regularly cleaned. Air from your HVAC system gets pushed out and circulated through a network of ducts. Over time, dust, dirt, pet dander and other debris can get caught in the ductwork, leading to odor, mold and bacteria that collects and later spreads throughout your house. In addition to the nuisance of a foul odor, poorly maintained ductwork can negatively affect your family's health, often leading to colds, allergies and even asthma.
Unfortunately, sketchy service companies are well aware of the importance of clean duct work, too, and they're more than happy to take advantage of their clients. We've all seen the ads in our mailbox offering duct cleanings at exceptionally low rates. However, this often leads to sub par work or a bait and switch scam in which the service company charges the client much more than the fee they originally advertised. Don't believe us? Just watch Dateline's Chris Hanson busting some of the country's worst offenders shamelessly scamming trusting customers.
However, there are a few key things you can do to make sure that the technician you've hired isn't trying to sell you on a bum deal. Let's take a closer look at them below.
These four precautionary steps will minimize the chances of you getting scammed by a ductwork contractor. Or you can avoid the entire headache by calling a company that does it right, like Michael & Son.