Air Duct Cleaning Pricing

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Duct Cleaning Pricing

Air duct cleaning can cost anywhere from
several hundred dollars to few thousand.

Residential Air Duct Cleaning

Average Cost:

$800 to $1675

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

Average Cost:

$0.25 to $0.80 per sq. ft.

Residential Duct Cleaning

General Price Range – $800 to $1,675

Our residential pricing is based on the number of air handlers and the number of registers. Just count them up, give us a call, and we’ll send you a written quote! No surprises!

Primary Factors that Affect the Cost of Air Duct Cleaning

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average cost for properly cleaning an entire system in an average-sized home may typically range from $700 to $1,100. However, there are several factors that affect the cost and time estimates of air duct cleaning:

  • The type of ductwork – The type of ductwork, such as flexible or rigid ducts, can affect the cost of cleaning. Rigid ducting is typically easier to clean and may be less expensive to clean than a flex duct.
  • System size – Homes with multiple HVAC systems may have more ductwork and require more time and labor to clean, which can increase the cost. Each additional air handler must be cleaned as well.
  • System accessibility – If the air ducts are difficult to access or located in hard-to-reach areas, such as crawl spaces or attics, it may require more time and labor to clean, which can increase the cost.
  • The number of crew members required.
  • Level of contamination.
  • Environmental factors.

Beware of advertisements that have “whole house specials” for very low prices. Many of them only include the main ducts and charge extra for the air handler, blower fans, coils, registers, and cutting access. Upon arrival, many of these companies then up-charge to excessive amounts. A NADCA Certified professional should be upfront on all air duct cleaning costs.

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It is important to ask for a detailed quote from a reputable and experienced company that takes into account these variables to ensure that the cost of air duct cleaning is fair and accurate.

Remember to ask about having your Dryer Vent cleaned!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were an estimated 14,700 structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines reported to U.S. fire departments resulting in 13 civilian deaths, 412 civilian injuries, and $233 million in direct property damage every year. The majority of these fires (92%) involved clothes dryers.

While the number of dryer fires has decreased over the years, they are still a significant cause of home fires. The leading cause of dryer fires is failure to clean the dryer vent, which can cause lint buildup and block airflow, leading to overheating and ignition of the lint. It is important to clean the dryer vent regularly and properly maintain the dryer to reduce the risk of a fire.

Avoid Duct Cleaning Scams

Homeowners should beware of “blow-and-go” air duct cleaning companies. These companies often charge a nominal fee and do a poor job of cleaning the heating and cooling system. These companies may also persuade a homeowner to pay for unneeded services with and/or without their permission. 

Homeowners are told they have mold and other toxic substances in their HVAC systems – claims which are most likely false and used merely to extort money. Coupons and flyers advertising rock-bottom prices on “whole house air duct cleaning” and “HVAC mold and soot removal” arrive in the mail daily for some households. If you have knowledge of a practicing “blow-and-go” air duct cleaner, contact your local Better Business Bureau to report the company.

Commercial Duct Cleaning

General Price Range – $0.25 to $0.80 per square foot

Due to the difference between residential and commercial buildings, we require an on-site inspection for all commercial duct cleaning estimates. We will perform this inspection for free. If they are available, we would like to see the mechanical drawings for the HVAC system (usually included in the building’s blueprints/drawings).

Primary Factors that Affect the Cost of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

The main difference between commercial and residential duct cleaning is the size and complexity of the system being cleaned, but there can be a lot more involved than just the size of the system.

  • Commercial air duct systems are typically much larger and more complex than residential systems. They may have multiple HVAC systems, larger ducts, and more complicated duct layouts. This means that cleaning commercial duct systems requires more equipment, expertise, and time than cleaning residential systems.
  • Commercial HVAC systems can contain fire suppression systems, security alarms, and different types of distribution components, e.g. variable air volume (VAV) systems, turning vanes, zone dampers, etc. This is why it’s important to have access to the mechanical drawings at the time of our inspection.
  • Location of ducting and systems may require roof access, special lifts, or present special challenges for proper cleaning. These details and proper safety in performing the work are always a factor in cost.
  • Commercial buildings may have different types of contaminants in their ductwork, such as chemicals or fumes from manufacturing processes, which require specialized cleaning techniques and equipment.
  • Another difference is the scheduling of the cleaning. After-hours or weekends may be needed to avoid creating a disturbance to business as usual. Cleaning services at these times are charged at a premium.
  • Commercial buildings may also require more frequent duct cleaning than residential buildings due to higher occupancy rates and more frequent use of the HVAC system.
  • Overall, while the process of cleaning air ducts is similar for both commercial and residential systems, the size, complexity, and type of contaminants involved in commercial systems may require a different approach and equipment, as well as a more experienced and specialized team of professionals.
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