As of 2015, starting an air duct cleaning business can cost as little as $5,000 to buy a start-up company or franchise. However, it may cost up to $10,000 to start it from scratch, according to About Money.
There are many air duct companies that act as sponsors and introduce the business as a package. These companies offer training in various types of air cleaning systems available on the market, and they may also handle initial equipment purchases and offer financing, according to Air-Care Indoor Air Quality Specialists. The additional costs of securing a business license and operating permit are typically not included.
The added benefits of starting an air duct cleaning service include low overhead, a limited number of employees necessary to operate it and low operational costs, as outlined by Air-Care Indoor Air Quality Specialists. Starting an air duct cleaning service allows the proprietor to take on as many or as few clients as she would like and does not require a dedicated facility because there is no inventory to house or storefront to maintain. Obtaining a client base and maintaining equipment are the only maintenance costs associated with an air duct cleaning service if the proprietor does not wish to hire employees. There is an increasing demand for indoor air quality control in both residential and commercial businesses, according to Air-Care Indoor Air Quality Specialists.