Thumbtack Logo

How much does air duct cleaning cost?

Average cost in 20149: $250 See National

$125

low cost

$250

avg cost

$495

high cost

The average cost for a duct and vent specialist is $250. You are likely to spend between $125 and $495 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 1st, 2017

Next Step: Find out exactly how much your project will cost.

Clean out heating, cooling, dryer and exhaust vents and ducts with professional air duct cleaning. Pros are equipped to work with any type of duct, including rigid sheet metal, flexible nonmetallic material, fiberglass and other materials. Professional duct cleaners take care of air ducts in homes, commercial spaces, offices or multiunit buildings of any size or number of stories. Various factors affect the cost of air duct cleaning.

Flat rates

Many companies charge a flat rate for air duct cleaning and will outline what services are included in their rate. Other companies have tiered pricing based on the extent of the services they provide. Here’s an example of tiered pricing from Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning in Maple Grove, Minnesota:

  • Standard cleaning: $99.95

    • Truck-mounted industrial vacuums, high-pressure air wands and air snakes clean all supply and return vents, branch lines, and main trunk lines.
  • Advanced cleaning: $199.95

    • Standard cleaning services, plus rotobrush or viper clean sweep in the main trunk lines
  • Ultimate cleaning: $399.95

    • Advanced cleaning, plus insertion of a viper microline into all vents to force debris down the branch lines and into the main trunk lines, to be handled by the viper clean sweep—all ductwork surface is contacted, before and after photos are provided, and the furnace is cleaned.

Square footage

The larger the home, the higher the cost for air duct cleaning. Some companies offer a set price up to a certain square footage, beyond which customers pay an additional fee. The added cost covers employees’ extra time and use of equipment required for larger homes. Twin Cities Furnace Cleaning offers three cleaning options up to 2,500 square feet. For larger homes, they have the following additional fees:

* Each additional 500 square feet (over 2,500) for a standard or advanced cleaning: $20

* Each additional 500 square feet (over 2,500) on an ultimate cleaning: $40  

Commercial cleaning

Commercial air duct cleaning typically costs more than residential because furnace and air conditioning systems operate at a higher rate with more airborne particles than most residential homes. Costs are based on the number of forced-air components in the commercial space, square footage and any special sanitization required.

Number of furnaces

Some older homes have more than one furnace, which increases the cost of air duct cleaning. Each furnace has its own set of air ducts, so professionals must hook into two different systems and clean the ducts for each. The added time, use of equipment and tools results in a higher cost to customers.

Number of vents

Some companies charge by the vent or by the air duct, but it is more common to charge by the furnace.

Specials

Many air duct cleaning companies offer one-time specials to bring in new customers. Read the fine print carefully to confirm what services will be provided, and make sure the equipment used by the company is professional—such as vacuum-equipped vans and negative air machines—and that the trapping of the dust will not take place inside your home. Here are examples of specials for overall air duct cleaning, or as add-ons to larger services:

Pro tip:

  • Although mold is a real health concern, be cautious of companies that report finding mold in your ducts and encourage you to purchase mold elimination services from them. If you believe mold could be in your air ducts, get a separate opinion from an independent party before contracting any additional work.

Ready to hire a duct and vent specialist?

Get free custom quotes from qualified duct and vent specialists in your area.

Get Quotes

Cost calculator

Answer a few key questions to get a price estimate in your area.

{[{ pricing.estimation }]}

{[{ pricing.estimationDescription }]}

Something went wrong. Give it another try.

Try again

Recent reviews

Denver Ducts Corp

The technician did a great job cleaning our vents and dryer vent. He arrived on time, was professional and courteous, and very thorough in his work. I'm most impressed with the owner, Vachagan Gasparyan though. We didn't try to turn the heat on again until the night after cleaning because it had been so warm, but when we did, the furnace was not working. We contacted the company and Vach personally came out at 8 pm to attempt to fix the issue. He didn't have the parts he thought he needed, so he promised to come back the next day with them. After working on it some more, he realized the problem was bigger and called an HVAC company to asses and do the repairs. We ended up needing a new circuit board. This was likely a coincidence that it stopped when they were cleaned, but Vach still offered to pay for half the cost of repairing our furnace. We really appreciate him providing amazing customer service and would definitely recommend his company to others.

West Coast Power-Vac

West Coast Power-Vac did an exceptional job! They communicated in detail the work being completed and the price it would cost. They were efficient, friendly and professional. I would hire them again!

All Aspects Heating And Air

Steve is great. He added a new supply duct and return air grill for one of my furnaces. He was very responsive and professional, and reasonably priced. Also, I was looking to add another supply duct on a second furnace, but Steve first recommended balancing out the system to reduce hot and cold spots first. This will increase comfort and potentially save the cost of the new duct. Overall Steve has proven to be extremely knowledgeable, honest and professional. I will absolutely go to him in the future for heating and cooling needs.