Cost of Air Duct Cleaning
If you have central air conditioning, that means you have air ducts. If you have an older home or even a mobile home, you may have large window air conditioners, which means that your house does not have air ducts, eliminating the need for air duct cleaning! Not only do your air ducts transfer cold air in the summer time but they also carry warm air in the winter time to make sure your house is always the temperature you want it to be. This may seem like a simple job but if they are not cleaned on a regular basis, this could become difficult to do due to being clogged with dust and other particles. Cleaning your air ducts is a way to resolve this problem along with preventative measures which can be performed when they are cleaned.
Factors of Cost
The main factors that controls the price of your air duct cleaning is how large of ventilation system you have. Companies charge depending on various aspects such as either the size of your home, the amount of vents, or a combination of the both. Other companies just offer one flat rate for their services which can be a great deal if you have a larger house or less of a deal if you own a small home.
If the company you choose to clean your vents charges by the size of your house, first they will survey your home and estimate the length of your air ducts along with the size of your home. Larger houses typically have a wider coverage of ventilation. For an average sized home, the price to get your air ducts cleaned will range from $200 up to $800.
Some companies will charge based on the number of vents in your home. The price per vent usually runs between $15 and $30. An average 1,000 sq ft house will have around 10-15 vents which means you’re looking at paying no less than $150 but no more than $450.
When it is time to get your air ducts cleaned, the chances that a part is damaged or broken are high. You may think the reason your AC isn’t working well is because it is clogged but it could turn out to be a larger problem. During the cleaning, the contractor will inspect if any parts need to be fixed and that will be a separate charge from the cleaning charge. Asbestos is also checked for during duct cleanings and that will be a whole extra cost which will need to be taken care of by another contractor.
Preventative measures are typically going to be performed upon your approval and these will be extra than the initial quote. Sanitizing the vents could cost up to $100 but will keep them cleaner, longer.
How to Save Money
Regular and preventative maintenance is a good way to decrease the cost of repairs and cleaning in the future. Broken parts could lead to excess dirt accumulation and that can be prevented by regular maintenance.
When searching for a professional to clean your air ducts, comparing prices and getting multiple quotes is always the best route to take. The first price is not always the best price and most times, it’s not!