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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Dryer Vent or Air Duct?

If you are looking to move the location of the existing laundry room or adding a designated laundry space to your home, you will need to have a dryer vent installed. A dryer vent is a ventilation duct that runs directly from your dryer to the exterior of your home. A properly installed dryer vent can increase the dryer's performance and decrease the damage cause by regular use. Poor ventilation can also lead to a fire hazard.

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National Install Ducts & Vents Costs
Average reported cost $978
Number of Cost Profiles 1698 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $60
Maximum reported cost $3,100
Most homeowners spent between: $630 to $987

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The process of adding a dryer vent involves cutting a hole in an exterior wall and running the metal vent through it. Because of the level of work that this entails, the installation of a dryer vent or air duct is recommended to be performed by a qualified and trained professional. If you're planning to do it as DIY project, keep in mind the repercussions of an improperly installed dryer vent. Since the vent will open up your home to the outside, there is potential for harsh weather and small animals to slip through it.

Cost of Dryer Vent or Air Duct Installation

Some reasons as to why dryer vents or air ducts need to be installed include a remodeled home, in which the construction shifts the laundry room to a new location or adds an entirely new laundry room to the home. One of the biggest concerns that homeowners have when it comes to an installation project is the cost. In general, you should expect to spend around $300 to $400 on your dryer vent installation. The actual price could be more or less based on a number of factors. For example, if you are installing a vent that will involve running a large amount of duct work in the process, the cost will be higher than if you had less duct work required along with your installation. Furthermore, the location of your dryer vent within your home can also affect the cost. Vent hoses vary in price depending if they are vinyl or aluminum.

In general, it is best to call local contractors and ventilation experts to find out what an installation will cost you. By comparing quotes and services, you can ultimately determine which company is offering you the best value for the dryer vent and air duct installation services. Most places charge by the hour, but if you can find a company that offers flat rate installation, it may keep the installation costs down.

Other Considerations

There are other considerations you will want to keep in mind when installing a dryer vent. You will need to find out about local coding regulations to ensure that the one you have installed is up to code. Furthermore, it is also recommended that you have dryer vents and air ducts cleaned annually, which typically costs an additional $200. This will help to ensure better air quality in your home and help keep your dryer vent from developing a potentially dangerous clog.

Last updated on May 17, 2016

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