Given a choice – and you always have one, it would be better if you were living in a property with clean air circulation. The best way to ensure that you are never short of clean air in your property is to inspect your air ducts and vents for any clogging, debris, dirt, and pests that can lower the overall efficiency of your entire HVAC system. To help you out, we have compiled a list of the most common air duct camera inspection FAQ we receive from our clients.

Common Air Duct Camera Inspection FAQ

Air Duct Camera Inspection FAQ’s


What Is an Air Duct Inspection Camera?

This is a minuscule CCTV system that includes a digital HVAC camera attached to a push rod. The pushrod attached to a control panel usually allows an HVAC technician to access hard-to-reach areas of air vents and ductwork.


What Are the Benefits of Using Air Vent Inspection Cameras?

They will help you identify where there are debris clogging the air flow through your HVAC system
• You will get to inspect the cleaning process as it is going on to understand if your technician is thorough
• It will help you find potential problem areas in your duct work which can save you a lot of money and frustrations in the future
• They will help you and your HVAC technician to save time and effort during the actual duct cleaning as you will already have a clear understanding of where there are problems
• As an air duct cleaning technician, it will help increase your productivity levels.


What Are Some of the Duct Inspection Cameras Available on the Market?

There are several different types and brands of air duct cameras available in the market. It all depends on the length and level of visual access that you want to receive from your cameras. Some of the most popular brands include snake cameras, Orion C40 scopes, Voyager C40 scopes, Viper portable push cameras, and, ANACONDA pan-and-tilt/dual-view cameras.

Your HVAC technician will be able to advise you on the best type of air duct inspection camera to buy depending on the length of your air ducts and the exact areas you want to be inspected.


How Does an Air Duct Camera Work?

Once the entire device is assembled, your technician will use the pushrod attached to the monitoring device deeper inside inaccessible areas of your ducts. Once the device is powered on, it will allow your HVAC technician to access real-time footage and photos of your vents through the HVAC camera. As a homeowner, you can also view this footage so as to appreciate the level of cleaning that has to be done before you can start enjoying clean and odor-free air in your home again.


When Do I Need an Air Duct Inspection Camera?

It is advisable that you acquire this device if you notice/observe the following signs:

• The circulation of air from your ducts has dropped significantly yet you cannot see any clogs with your naked eyes
• There are droppings along with the entry points of your vents which is a clear sign that you have a rodent infestation
• There is an odor emanating from your vents
• You feel that the quality of air in your home has dropped significantly.

Dryer Vent Cleaning FAQ’s

When it comes time to look at the dryer vent cleaning FAQs, it’s important to understand what is required to keep this part of the property in good shape. A lot of people forget to clean this part of the house and that leads to further damage down the road.

To avoid a situation such as this, you are going to want to set up a maintenance schedule for your dryer vents. This will ensure things are kept as clean as they need to be and the air quality doesn’t suffer over time.

Here is a look at the most important dryer vent cleaning FAQs and what to account for during the process as a property owner.


What Are The Signs It's Time To Clean The Dryer Vent?

When a dryer begins to require more than one cycle to dry the clothes, it’s time to start looking at cleaning the dryer vent. The same applies to a situation where the clothes are burning hot after a single cycle in the dryer.

Some people also report the dryer getting hot to the touch or lint accumulating behind the dryer. These are also common signs of a dryer vent needing to be cleaned.

If you also note a stink coming from the dryer or the clothes, this could be a sign of a dryer vent cleaning being needed.


Why Is my dryer taking so long to dry my clothes?

When it takes a long time for the clothes to dry, you are going to wonder whether or not it’s the dryer vent. It might not be. It can be the appliance itself. However, if the heat is still coming then it might have to do with the dryer vent not being clean.

A dryer vent that is clogged is not going to push the hot air out and that causes everything to get blocked inside the vent. This leads to a stench spreading throughout the dryer and it also stops the air from circulating as it is supposed to. It is best to make sure you clean the dryer vent before the appliance itself gets ruined due to the clogging.


Is Plastic Tubing Good For A Dryer Vent?

No, it is not recommended for a plastic tube to be used as a dryer vent. This is dangerous. It is best to use a metal-based solution.


Can Money Be Saved With A Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Yes, it is highly recommended to follow the annual cleaning schedule for a dryer vent. This makes sure the airflow is in line with what you require. You can end up saving a significant amount of money on your utility bill by cleaning the dryer vent.


Is It Mandatory To Clean A Dryer Vent?

No & Yes, some insurance companies require it but either way, it is highly recommended to clean dryer vents as regularly as possible. Fires tend to break out in dirty dryer vents and the damage can be substantial to the property. It’s a lot better to clean the dryer vent rather than take a risk such as this.


How Does A Dryer Vent Work?

A dryer vent is set up to work in unison with the dryer. It funnels everything that comes from the dryer and is integral to how the appliance works as soon as it is turned on. Lint tends to go through the dryer vent as it is a tube that is set up behind the dryer. It creates an exit point for all of this mess to exit whether it’s through the roof to the sidewall.


How Often Should A Dryer Vent Be Cleaned?

It is recommended to clean a dryer vent at least once a year. This is to ensure everything is as clean as it needs to be and that nothing is getting in the way of how effective the dryer vent is.

You will also want to account for how old the dryer is. If it is more than ten years old then it is likely going to have to be cleaned more often.

You will also want to think about the type of dryer you are using. A full=size dryer is going to be better-suited for airflow, while a stacked dryer is not going to be. This means you will have to clean the vent more with a stacked dryer.

You will also have to think about how often the dryer is being used during the year. If you are a regular user, you are going to have to focus on the dryer vent cleaning more too.

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While other air duct cleaners focus on a low initial price and use old bait n switch tactics that change that low price of $5-15 a vent to well into the thousands.  Here at Vent Inspector, we believe in giving an upfront accurate price before we begin.  Other companies choose to use scare tactics even making claims of mold and other scare tactics without even sending a sample to a lab to verify what it is, thus charging thousands vs their initial low cost which in the industry we call “get your foot in the door pricing” they have no intention of doing it for that price, so beware of these types of companies.


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Air Duct Cleaning FAQ’s

Welcome to our Air Duct Cleaning FAQ section.


What are some of the benefits of having my ductwork professionally cleaned?

The air ducts in your home are what provide cooling, heating, and fresh air to your living space. This supply of air affects the health of the home’s inhabitants and the economy of the location as well. Here are some of the important benefits of keeping your air vents properly cleaned:

  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Even temperatures from room to room
  • Reduced allergy triggers
  • Lower utility bills
  • Increased airflow
  • Reduced frequency of house cleaning

Why do I see great discrepancies in prices offered by Air Vent Cleaning Services? Is there a difference in service?

Certain companies will offer a very low price for what seems to be the same service that other companies offer. It begs the question, “why such a great difference in price?” Companies that offer very low prices have ways of remaining competitive, as well. For example, they may only send one technician to do the job of 8. Or, they may only offer the most basic services and charge prohibitive prices to perform tasks that should be included in the package — like a final video inspection.


How long does the ductwork cleaning process take?

This will vary greatly depending on the size of the home and the orientation of the ductwork. Most often the project takes about 3 –5 hours with two experienced technicians.


Will air duct cleaning save money?

According to the calculations from the Department of Energy, the energy used by your HVAC and Dryers accounts for as much as 40% of your total energy bills. Clogged vents cause your HVAC system to work harder to perform its function. This can lead to lost energy and considerable strain on your HVAC system. With this in mind, you can reduce the costs of your energy expenses by keeping your ducts, vents, and registers clean and clear.

Clogged air vents that do not conduct and disperse heat and cooling effects will cause your dryer greater strain and operational errors. It may even hasten the need for an HVAC replacement, which can be an especially costly prospect. Air duct cleaning can reduce the strain on your HVAC system and promote increased service life.



What are the health benefits of cleaning my ductwork?

Professionally cleaned ductwork can remove several considerable health risks from your home and location. Of the various contaminants that can come collected in your ventilation shafts, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and all manner of other allergens come in large quantities. When properly cleaned, these pollutants are collected and disposed of before they can begin affecting the air quality of your home.


Is there dust released in my house during the air duct cleaning process?

To ensure that the dust from your air duct system is not merely dispersed through the home, we use a powerful vacuum truck that creates negative air pressure which allows us to collect the dust at one location.


How often should I have my ductwork cleaned?

According to reports by NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) you should have your ventilation ducts inspected once or twice a year depending on how much action they see and the amount of dust in your area. Here are some of the reasons you may want to have your vents inspected and cleaned more often:

  • Residents with allergies or asthma
  • Resident pets with dander and hair
  • Resident Smokers
  • Water/ smoke contamination to the home
  • Recent home renovations or remodeling
  • Before occupancy of a newly constructed home (construction debris)
  • After purchasing a home


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