Do Your Research When Shopping for Duct Cleaning Services

Air vent and duct cleaning is an essential part of home maintenance that every homeowner needs to take seriously. A closeup portrait of a woman using a mobile phone.Unfortunately, many homeowners overlook HVAC cleaning for a number of reasons, and those who don’t often fail to do their homework before shelling out for the service. This can lead not only to shoddy service, but also to outright scams.

Let’s take a look at a couple of recent examples to drive home the importance of research and shopping around when getting air ducts or vents cleaned.

A Coupon Leads to a Huge Estimate

Last month ABC 7 in Washington, D.C. reported on a local man named Victor McCoy who was the target of a duct cleaning scam involving a direct mail coupon. When McCoy received a $59 coupon from US Air Duct and A.C. Company, he figured it was the perfect time to get his air ducts cleaned.

But when the technician came out to take a look at his HVAC system, he claimed there was mold in the ducts and tried to sell him a $700 UV light to kill bacteria and mold spores. Soon a $59 offer was a quote for $2,375.

The next night, McCoy called another company to deal with a furnace malfunction. While their technician was there, he asked for an estimate on the same work that US Air Duct and A.C. Company quoted for home. Their response was a mere $460. Luckily McCoy called another company before paying US Air Duct and A.C. Company’s exorbitant prices (their Yelp page is full of similar stories).

State Attorney General Goes After Air Duct Service Scheme

Meanwhile in Florida, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office shut down an air conditioning service scheme involving almost a dozen companies, hundreds of consumers, and millions of dollars. Air Care Solutions and ten other companies were targeted by the A.G. for using “false claims, intimidation and scare tactics to coerce” their customers into purchasing expensive parts and services. Many victims were seniors.

As with the previous story in Washington, the defendants would use lowball offers advertised in weekly mailers and coupons to get into their victims’ homes, then upsell them on mold removal and other expensive services.

Reliable Air Duct Cleaning Services in CT

Preferred Hood and Duct in Monterey, Monterey is dedicated to helping residential and commercial customers avoid air duct cleaning scams by providing reliable air duct cleaning, AC coil cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, and more with honesty and integrity. While we still encourage you to shop around and do your homework, we’re confident that you won’t find a better air duct cleaning company in the state than Preferred HD.

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Burglar Gets Stuck in Pizza Exhaust Duct for 11 Hours

A simple illustration of a burglar with striped shirt and mask.If you ever needed any more convincing that crawling around in air ducts in something best left to the professionals, this story from the lighter side of the news might be just what you’ve been looking for.

A 32-year-old man in Brandon Township, Michigan northwest of Detroit got himself into a tight spot when he tried to break into a local pizzeria through the pizza oven’s rooftop exhaust vent.

Police say the man, who hasn’t been named by authorities, was discovered when employees at the Cracker Barrel Pizza Store called the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office about a person screaming for help. He was ultimately removed from the duct – halfway between the roof and the floor – by firefighters. Authorities say the man was there for about 11 hours before being rescued. He was sent to the hospital with minor injuries and dehydration.

According to police, the man was on parole at the time of the incident, with prior convictions for drug charges and breaking and entering.

The moral of the story? We can think of two: crime doesn’t pay, and don’t go crawling through ducts unless you know what you’re doing.

While breaking into a pizza restaurant in the middle of the night is likely close the bottom of any list of reasons to spend time in a vent there are at least a few good ones, the most important of which being routine cleaning and maintenance by a professional duct cleaning service like Preferred HD.

Without routine cleaning your home or business’s air ducts can accumulate dust, mold, and other contaminants which are not only harmful to your HVAC system, but the building’s air quality as wall. For restaurants, there’s also the issue matter oven hood vent cleaning to remove highly flammable grease before some more unfortunate than a bungling burglar happens.

If you’re in Monterey, contact Preferred HD today to learn more.