They are generally hidden away behind walls or ceilings, or in your furnace room or attic. You don’t think about your home’s air ducts, but they are essential in making sure your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Air duct cleaning has never been proven to prevent health problems.  However, clean ducts will make your heating and air conditioning system operate more effectively and could potentially extend its life and improve indoor air quality if other parts of the system are properly maintained.

You should clear your ducts under the following circumstances:

The company performing the duct cleaning services should:

Cleaning your air ducts can cost up to about $1,000. The exact price is determined by:

If you are going to have your ducts cleaned, make sure you select a reputable provider. Things you should do:

Once you have done this due diligence, talk to at least three companies and get written estimates. If the estimate is based on hourly charges, get in writing the number of hours the project will take.

Finally, some companies to stay away from:

Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for HVAC Needs

While Ravinia Plumbing does not perform ductwork, we can inspect, maintain, and repair the rest of your HVAC system. We’ve been in business since 1928, and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable heating and cooling companies in Chicagoland. Contact Ravinia Plumbing today to schedule an appointment. To find a duct cleaning service, visit the NADCA at