How Much Does an Attic Fan Installation Cost?
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An attic fan is a useful feature of any home. It helps reduce the load on an air conditioner through adequate and proper attic ventilation. Attic fans and the cost to install them are basically inexpensive. Having them appropriately installed can contribute to the longevity of the home and, depending on the type of fan, make it energy efficient to keep the house cool in the summer or warm in the winter.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the size and type of the attic fan and service providing the job, the costs of an attic fan can be anywhere from $600 to as much as $1,700. Since all jobs are going to be unique, consider getting multiple, exact quotes for free from services such as HomeAdvisor.com.
- Do it yourself jobs should cost less than $250.
- At New York-based EZ Electric Services, the cost of installing a new roof attic ventilator in a room measuring 1,600 square feet is $585. The installation covers a 5-year warranty and installation for a one- or two-story home. The cost to replace a fan in an existing installation is $450, which includes removal and disposal of the old fan.
- According to HGTVRemodels.com, an attic fan can cost $800 to $1,500 and installation can be from $100 to $150
What is going to be included?
- The coverage area of an attic fan can range from 1,000 to 3,200 square feet of attic floor, depending on the size of the fan.
- Attic fans come in two basic designs: those designed for roof installations and those created to be mounted in a gable wall. Some attic fan manufacturers include a thermostat or a humidistat with the purchase of an attic fan. These fans are usually attached to a base that functions as flashing.
- During initial evaluation, the technician checks the number of existing attic vents, determines the most appropriate location of the attic fan, and provides an estimate of the time needed to complete the task.
- Depending on the service provider, installation may vary from one installation company to another. In general, the part of the roof where the attic fan will be installed is opened. The fan is installed and nailed down using roofing nails. The nail heads are then usually applied with silicone caulk.
What are the extra costs?
- Attic fan accessories are available to help ensure proper installation. In homes where there are unexplained signs of excess humidity, a humidistat may have to be installed. This can cost up to $80 including shipping fees. A thermostat may also need to be installed to control the attic fan. It can cost $20 to $40. A fuse may also be required to protect the wiring and the attic fan from short circuit. It can cost about $30 to $50.
- Installing an attic fan automatic shutter may also be necessary. Designed to remain closed and protected from weather elements, it only opens when the fan is used. Some automatic shutters cost about $30.
Factors that influence the price:
- Fan type. There are two basic types of attic fans: roof-mount and gable-end. Each of these types has different features and capabilities. Also, attic fans can be traditional line-powered or solar-powered. Like most solar-powered devices, a solar attic fan is typically more expensive compared to a standard model.
- Installation. The complexity of the installation task usually depends on what type of attic fan will be affixed. In certain cases, attic fan installation may involve cutting an opening on the roof, installing the fan over it, and applying shingles above and around the flashing. Some installations do not require shingle adjustments and structural alterations. In these projects, an attic fan is simply mounted directly behind an existing vent. Likewise, installation done by a professional service provider entails either paying for their services by the hour or on a per-project basis.
- Size of the house. The overall cost of attic fan installation also depends on the size of a home. Some service providers charge by the number of attic fans installed or by their power. The bigger the structure, the more or larger attic fans are usually installed.
Tips to know:
- Make sure that the attic fan installation specialist holds a certification to ensure accurate and thorough installation.
- The technician should provide a guarantee that the attic fan installations on the roof will not leak for the life of the roof. If it does, they should come fix it free of charge.
- If you plan to install the attic fan yourself, be sure that you have enough carpentry skills and that you have adequate experience installing flashing in order to keep moisture out.
- Installing a solar attic fan can considerably increase the value of a home and has an average return on investment of 3 to 5 years since it saves energy.
- According to some experts, solar attic fans, particularly the gable-end models, are the most functional because they have the capability to move a significantly higher amount of air compared to roof-mounted mushroom top models.
- Solar attic fans with Energy Star ratings qualify for a federal tax credit of 30% of the cost of purchase and installation.
How can I save money?
- Installing a solar attic fan, while an expensive project initially, can be a sensible investment in the long run. Aside from enhancing a home’s value and being environment-friendly, the solar-powered installation means savings on utility bills. The reason for this is that an attic fan does not cost anything to operate once it is properly put in place. The potential savings of installing and using a solar attic fan is 2% on a homeowner’s energy bill.
- Look up companies that offer free estimates on attic fan installation. This is an easy way to find the most reasonably-priced offer in your area that is tailored to your specific needs.
- Proper planning of attic fan installation typically results to a reduction in costs. When planning a new home, provision needs to be made for the installation of the ventilation unit, either during the home’s construction or at a later date. Doing this can prevent structural changes, which normally is a major factor that can impact the overall cost of the installation project.