Ductwork is the networking of tubes that are connected to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and run throughout homes. The purpose of ductwork is to diffuse air from the HVAC system into homes. If you are considering installing an HVAC system within your home, you must install companion ductwork.
If your home has an existing ductwork network that is old or in poor condition, you may need to install a new ductwork system. If your ductwork has cracks, leaks, or is in poor condition, you should consider replacing your ductwork network. There are several factors that affect the cost of ductwork installation. The factors include the shape of the ducts, the length of the ducts, and the type of HVAC system that the ductwork is going to be connected to.
In general, the installation of ductwork takes place within the attic of homes. Ductwork contractors plan and map out the lines of ductwork necessary for your home based on the lighting within your home. The ductwork is then cut and trimmed in order to fit the exact lengths needed for your space. After cutting the ductwork, joints are then attached and the ducts are connected to your HVAC system and the vents within your home.
The most common HVAC systems that require ductwork include:
- Central air conditioning
- Furnace heating
- Central gas heating
- Geothermal heating
Keep in mind that the ductwork installed for air-conditioning systems are also installed for heating systems.
Cost of Ductwork
The average cost of ductwork is $35 to $65 per linear foot, with the additional fee of labor and materials. The overall cost for ductwork within an average home ranges from $1,000 to $6,000. An average single-family home requires approximately 30 to 90 linear feet of ducting. The total specific length of ducting usually depends on a home’s particular layout. The material chosen for ductwork can vary in price. The types of ductwork and their average prices per linear foot include:
- Flexible aluminum – $1.00 – $4.00
- Flexible non-metallic – $1.00 – $2.00
- Fiberglass duct board – $4.50 – $6.00
- Sheet metal – $1.50 – $6.00
If you are looking to have your ductwork replaced or installed, please contact us at 408-295-2182. We look forward to speaking with you and addressing your unique concerns and needs.