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Last updated on May 14th, 2023

Air duct cleaning cost guide

If your home has an air conditioning or ventilation system, it’ll need occasional maintenance. This is where air duct cleaning comes in. Ready to give your property’s ventilation system a spring clean? Read on for a handy guide to air duct cleaning costs, so you can plan your budget.

If your home has an air conditioning or ventilation system, it’ll need occasional maintenance. This is where air duct cleaning comes in. Over time, dust, dirt and other debris can build up in your ventilation system. This limits airflow and prevents the system from working as effectively and efficiently as it can.

Air duct cleaning can help your ventilation system to deliver optimum performance. It’s also crucial for maintaining a healthy, hygienic home and good air quality.

Ready to give your property’s ventilation system a spring clean? Read on for a handy guide to the average cost for air duct cleaning so you can plan your budget.

How much should air duct cleaning cost?

Cost provided itemLow costHigh costAverage cost
Air duct cleaning £380£1,300£840
Commercial air duct cleaning£400£1,400£900

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The cost of air duct cleaning depends on a number of key factors. For starters, the size of the building and the ducting system, as well as the amount of built-up dirt and debris. If duct cleaning hasn’t been carried out for a number of years, this could mean a more extensive and expensive job.

On average, home air duct cleaning costs anywhere between £380 – £1,300.

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When choosing a company to clean your air ducts, it’s a good idea to get a few quotes and also take a close look at reviews from previous customers.

Commercial air duct cleaning cost

For commercial kitchens, office spaces and other commercial premises, regular air duct cleaning is even more important. In fact, neglecting it could lead to a breach of health and safety regulations.

The average cost of air duct cleaning for commercial buildings is around £900 a time, although it really depends on the size of the system. Cleaning commercial ductwork and replacing grilles if required costs approximately £2 per m2.

The use of the building can also affect the cost. For example, it can potentially cost more to clean air duct systems for a heavily used commercial kitchen than for an office space.

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How often should air ducts be cleaned?

It’s important to have your air ducts cleaned fairly regularly. Poor hygiene within air ducts could lead to a drop in efficiency as well as causing a fire risk. Ideally, you should have your air ducts cleaned every two to three years.

Can I clean air ducts myself?

Air duct cleaning as a DIY job isn’t recommended, as it requires specialist equipment and knowledge to properly clean air duct systems.

You will need a specialist air duct cleaning company as a DIY attempt could potentially make the situation worse. You could end up disturbing the dust and debris rather than removing it all. This debris could then be distributed around the system and blown out of the air ducts, resulting in unhygienic and unpleasant results for those in the vicinity.

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