How Much Does It Cost To Install Fan Ventilation?


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Fan Ventilation Costs

Indoor Cost Guides      Air-Conditioning & Heating (HVAC)      Fan Ventilation Costs

Fan ventilation comes in various types and sizes of equipment that all offer the lowest cooling potential, but also the lowest cost to install and operate compared to other cooling approaches like air-conditioning or evaporative cooling.

The cost to install average fan ventilation depends upon type, cooling capacity and zone coverage, efficiency rating, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

Type and cost summary

In the following table the Cost figure is based on average fan ventilation for zones ranging from a bathroom to whole-house; and includes transport, material, equipment, and waste.

Type Pros Cons Cost
Bath (economy, 45 sq.ft.) Code compliance Installation $190
Attic (3,000 sq.ft.) Reduce energy use Installation $321
Ceiling (decor, 324 sq.ft.) Comfort Breezy $379
Whole-house (2,500 sq.ft.) Negative pressure Breezy $814
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Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Energy efficient choices will save money, and in some cases rebates may be available.
  • For ventilation units of greater than 12,000 BTU’s per hour (or 3.5 kilowatts) a multi-phase electrical circuit is generally required.
  • During the initial inspection the contractor should inform the homeowner of any and all necessary modification or upgrade on electrical circuits or building structure.

DIY considerations

  • These materials are commonly provided from vendors with a DIY kit.
  • Central nstallations may require greater carpentry and electrical skills.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(attic of 3,000 sq.ft.)
  • New York, NY$516
  • Bronx, NY$424
  • Brooklyn, NY$353
  • Philadelphia, PA$441
  • Washington, DC$382
  • Atlanta, GA$346
  • Miami, FL$315
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$330
  • Minneapolis, MN$387
  • Chicago, IL$450
  • Houston, TX$465
  • San Antonio, TX$312
  • Austin, TX$353
  • Denver, CO$298
  • Phoenix, AZ$315
  • Las Vegas, NV$345
  • Los Angeles, CA$389
  • San Diego, CA$353
  • San Jose, CA$427
  • Seattle, WA$312

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