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Air Duct Cleaning

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association has a general rule: if your heating & air conditioning ducts look dirty, they probably are. Air duct cleaning is the process to remove dust, allergens, pollen, contaminants, pet dander, airborne irritants, dirt and debris, that can enter your home through the circulation of your warmed or cooled air during the height of HVAC season.

An air duct cleaning is a cleaning service for the inside of the ductwork for homes with traditional heating and cooling systems. Air duct cleaning vacuums out the accumulation of dirt, dust, and debris such as dander reducing irritants and improving indoor air quality and the air you breathe.

Why Should You Clean Your Ducts?

Dust and dirt naturally enter homes and heating & air conditioning systems. By regularly maintaining furnaces and A/C’s, homeowners can keep most of the debris out of the indoor circulated air. However, it is a good idea to have your systems ducting professionally cleaned by licensed and insured certified technicians every 3 to 5 years. .

Improving the air you breathe in the home is the primary reason homeowners should consider investing in routine duct cleaning. But, there are many benefits to having the dust cleaned from the ductwork.

Improved Air Quality

The air filter used by your HVAC system can only remove so many of the contaminants from the air flowing through your home. By hiring Bill Howe Heating & Air as your air duct cleaning company, indoor air pollution will be reduced.  Improved air quality can help homeowners and families suffering from allergies breathe easier. Homeowners with asthma may also find more relief with clean ducts. The NADCA recommends homeowners should also invest in a quality air purifier as an add on to their HVAC system. The best method to purify the air is through ultraviolet lights. UV air purifiers can eliminate pollutants, mold and mildew and kill bacteria and dust mites circulating through the home, providing cleaner air and eliminating indoor air pollution.

Remove Foul Odors

Odors can permeate homes long after the offending source is gone. Cleaning ductwork can help to reduce or remove unpleasant smells from smoke, pets, fumes from remodeling projects, and food smells. By removing buildup in the ducts, the odors trapped will be released or greatly reduced. 

Better Airflow

Dirty air ducts, filters, and registers can all contribute to blocked airflow. When airflow is reduced, the furnace and/or air conditioner has to work harder to achieve the desired temperature in the home. With annual tune-ups, regular filter changes, and routine residential air duct cleaning, San Diego residents can get the most out of the life of their HVAC system.

When is it Necessary to Clean Air Ducts?

Rodents, Renovations, Mold and Contaminants


Rodents and wild animals are known for finding industrious ways to stay warm and build nests for their family. It is common to find signs of rodents in ductwork. They can easily break through ducting with loose seals or cracks and set up house with homeowners never knowing. Rodents can leave behind unpleasant surprises that become problematic to health when circulated through the home. This is why it is important to ensure ducting is properly sealed and in tact. If you discover signs of rodents, clean the air ducts as soon as possible.

Major Renovations

Home remodeling is great, but renovations can cause excess dust and contaminants from drywall and paint to circulate in the air. Hiring licensed contractors is best, as they will take measures to ensure their job sites are contained. However, dust and debris can still enter the ducting. As part of your home remodel, consider scheduling an air duct cleaning once finished to enjoy fresh air with your upgraded living space.


Any homeowners who have had a flood can tell you that remediation is a long process, but a necessary one. When homeowners have experienced a flood, contact licensed water damage repair specialists to provide mold remediation. During the process, homeowners will be advised if mold growth is present. If it is, it will be contained and removed from the home, but it is an airborne growth that can get into ducting. Having a UV air purifier and air ducts professionally cleaned is a preventative and cautionary step homeowners may want to consider.

During annual tune-ups, make sure your HVAC professional inspects the ductwork. They will look for leaks, broken seals and can determine if air duct cleaning is necessary.

During your annual tune-up each season, professional HVAC specialists will also inspect duct lines, register ports, inlet/return ports, evaporator coils, indoor fans/blowers and can look at exhaust fan ducts as well as cleaning and fine tuning your system.

With Bill Howe Heating & Air being experts in duct cleaning services, you can count on the job to get done correctly and efficiently.  If you use Bill Howe for your duct cleaning needs, this service also includes a dryer vent cleaning. By conducting a vent cleaning of lint and debris can help insure your family’s safety and keep your dryer in optimal condition.

No more sneezing, stale air and dust and allergens – welcome clean air and the freedom to live comfortably in your own home. If you think you could benefit from air duct cleaning; San Diego residents please call 1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469).

What Joel C says about us

Very Satisfied. Michael is always on time, Michael has been doing all of the plumbing related to our remodel. He always does exactly what he commits to do within the estimated cost. He keeps me informed if any wrinkles pop up, and his plumbing skills are excellent as we have had no problems or issues arise after he has left. Very professional! Highly recommend.

August 2019


What Rick M says about us

We had other companies come out for estimates on what was considered a major job with jackhammers and replacing cast iron pipes under the house… having been stung before, we wanted another estimate just to make sure we were making an informed decision. The prior estimates went up to $21,000!
Bill Howe sent us an amazing veteran plumber, Dashawn and his co- worker Anthony. Dashawn did a thorough check of the problem, explained what he thought was needed … he did a final check and we were able to see for ourselves what was the problem. He recommended a complete cleaning to de-scale the pipes, and not the major work we dreaded. Thanks to his solid analysis and patience in making sure we saw what he saw, the issue was resolved completely, and saved us thousands of unnecessary work. None of the other estimates included the cleaning; only the major repairs. Thanks to Dashawn’s knowledge, professionalism and honesty, we’re Bill Howe customers.

August 2019


What Carolyn Housman says about us

This was our second excellent experience with Bill Howe. We had a blocked kitchen sink drain 8/5. I was able to get a same day appointment which is AMAZING. Person on phone was very courteous and set me up right away. Tony arrived at the house (called me 30 minutes out so I was able to be ready). He diagnosed the issue (blocked drain, not the garbage compactor) and was able to snake it and ran the water for 10 minutes to be sure the drains were clear. He cleaned up everything and you would not have known he was even there. Thank-you Tony and Bill Howe, you always know how.

August 2019


What Ed Gohlich says about us

Cory was our technician on this job. We had a time sensitive repair issue and Bill Howe understood and assisted with getting the job done quickly.
Cory was on time to start the job and finished it quickly. Upon his leaving our home he’s was courteous, very knowledgeable, explaining what the problem was and how he fixed it. Very good communication and this is the way it’s has always been when we use Bill Howe plumbing.
Great company to work with.
Thanks Cory.

August 2019

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What Eric says about us

I had a shower that would not drain. The employee arrived on time and fixed the problem quickly and effectively at a very fair price. I was very happy with everything. Thank you and I highly recommend your plumbing service.

January 2019


What Bridgett says about us

I am extremely happy with the service we received from Bill Howe Plumbing. We were given an incorrect diagnosis of our main sewer line from another vendor, but Bill Howe’s servicemen came out for a second opinion, correctly diagnosed our problem and resolved our back up issues. We will continue to use Bill Howe for all our future plumbing needs!

Thank you Bill Howe Plumbing.

July 2019