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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 David says about us

Service for new garbage disposal. My ancient garbage disposal quit working, went online to get Bill Howe’s number, immediately received and accepted chat to describe my needs. Prompt call back to schedule an appointment, service tech Allen was out same morning, which was important to fit my work schedule. Job estimate was clear, work done fully to my expectations, area left clean, and price was very fair.
I was not surprised — I have used Bill Howe plumbers for several other tasks in the past. I have always found their staff to be helpful, attentive, and the plumbers very courteous and capable.

January 2020


What Michelle says about us

I have been using Bill Howe since the late 1980’s, their service has always been excellent, plumbing, heating and restoration. I am most impressed by the integrity of their employees, not only do they know their work/skill, they do not waste time, they are so efficient, they are so helpful and they are a true “service”!

February 2020


What Mira says about us

Bill Howe never fails us! We had a drain overflow, and Scott came (on a Saturday) to look at it and offer solution. He was punctual, professional, and extremely helpful. I should also praise the main office for always being helpful and always finding solutions. Very grateful to have you in San Diego!

February 2020

Restoration & Flood

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

Heating & Cooling

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