Home Air Duct Cleaning

We recently moved into a new home in Ohio, and we are having difficulties with airflow through the home and constant sinus congestion. Does anyone have experience with having air ducts cleaned? How do I find a reputable and affordable company?


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  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, S. Wilson and hugs on the problems following the move. What allergies do you manage? 

    I don't know of any asthma & allergy friendly™ certified duct cleaning service, but here's a .

    You might check the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program for ideas – 

    • a whole house cleaning by a certified cleaner
    • an air cleaner to help address some of the allergens that may be present
    • HVAC filters to help filter the air

    Here's more about the program — quoting for you:

    The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. You can find certified products and services such as carpet cleaning, flooring, vacuums and more at 

  • Jen

    Hi @S.Wilson,

    Welcome to AAFA's support forums.  Let us know what you find out from your research.

    Also, we are running a giveaway right now for a Dyson air cleaner.  To enter, you just need to comment with your cleaning tips on these blogs:

  • RedCoog

    I've wanted to do this on our home (10yrs old), but I'm scared it will stare up a bunch of junk into the air!

    any one have first hand experience getting this done at their home?

  • K8sMom2002

    I haven't … am kind of curious about it as well. What sort of filters do you have in your HVAC system?

  • JoeAllergy

    From my own experience…   Get a really good company that is certified by the NADCA (Nat. Air Duct Cleaners Assoc).  I believe getting the ducts cleaned is really important, and does help, but —  When they do it, they are kicking up tons of dirt, dust and stuff that's been accumulating for years.  They can't get inside the ducts and scrub every square inch (they are more creating a vaccuum and trying to push the stuff out with air pressure)– so — when they are finished, there is going to be loose stuff in there that is going to blow out into your house for awhile.  (In other words — it will likely get WORSE before it gets better.)  That is what I call a "settling period", where all that loose remaining stuff needs to work its way out of the ducts and things need to settle.  The first time I had it done, my allergies got HORRIFIC for awhile (for at least a few weeks).  I was infuriated, thinking "I just got my ducts cleaned and now I'm sick as a dog!"  You have to run the furnace fan continuously.. open your windows, sweep the carpet, do whatever to clean up all that dust and debris. It will eventually settle.  That is why I would recommend doing it in the summer when you can keep your windows open for long periods of time.  After the cleaning, make sure they spray the disinfectant in the ducts as well, to kill whatever is in there.  In the end, it is worth it. 

  • Melissa G

    @S.Wilson were you able to find a reputable air duct cleaning company? Are you still having sinus issues?