As a home owner, the cost of cleaning your air ducts is one of those things that’s going to linger in your mind. You may have obtained quotes from various services in your town but you’re’ not convinced you will get your money’s worth or not.
In this post, we’ll delve into the cost of cleaning ducts so that you can have a fairly good idea of how much money you’ll have to set aside for this task.
The Cost of Duct Cleaning
According to home advisor, the majority of homeowners spend between $240 and $435 in cleaning ducts and vents. You could pay $120 on the lower end while on the upper end upwards of $600. The amount varies depending on several factors such as the size of your home, extent of duct system, and time required to clean the ducts. The cost could go up if is there’s too much dust or dirt in the ductwork. The presence of hazardous material such as mold and fungus will certainly drive up the cost of cleaning.
Given that residential air duct cleaning companies quote various prices, it can be difficult to determine which company to approach. You’ve probably heard of horror stories around the web where unscrupulous services use bait switch tactics such as $99 specials to lure homeowners into costly contracts. Honest air duct cleaning service will charge anywhere between $400- $1000.
Before You Obtain a Quote
As a homeowner, it’s advisable to have your ductwork inspected by professionals before you get a quote. That’s the best way of ascertaining whether ducts need to be cleaned or not and to what extent. Don’t buy into any company that gives you a quote upfront without doing a proper inspection. You may find yourself paying for cleaning services that you really don’t need.
Be careful about companies that advertise lowball offers or $99 specials ( some advertise for as low as $50). Most of them use coupons and once they get into your door, they will almost always find other problems such as black mold ( a common scare tactic). If that doesn’t work, they will upsell additional services. In the end you could end paying more than you had bargained for as a homeowner.
Most importantly, you should ask for a written checklist of what exactly the cleaning entails. It’s good to know which task will be performed throughout the cleaning process before you sign any contract. Once you know how much you’re going to pay and what the cost covers, you will have the peace of mind that your money will be well spent.