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How much does it cost to install an attic fan?
Pricing for attic fan installation varies depending on fan type and its location. On average, labor costs run between $100-$300 and the fan itself may range from as little as $50 to more than $500. Whole-house fans tend to have higher overall costs than attic ventilation fans. Your electrician can explain how the size of your home and electrical requirements will influence the cost of your project.
How long does attic fan installation take?
Depending on the condition and accessibility of your attic, most attic fans can be installed within a few hours. More time may be needed to install additional attic vents for exhaust or to create and finish openings around whole house fans. Extensive wiring upgrades may require a few extra hours to establish a power supply and install switches.
What are the benefits of attic fans?
Attic fans dramatically reduce air temperature in stuffy attic spaces. This helps extend the life of your home’s roofing, framing and insulation materials. It also improves air circulation which inhibits mold and mildew growth and prevents structural damage from condensation.
Why should I hire a pro to install an attic fan?
Unless you have previous electrical experience, you should always hire a licensed electrician for any electrical projects. Your electrician will discuss available options and help you select the best fan for your application. They will go over any additional work that may need to accompany the installation, such as new venting to the exterior or rewiring. Finally, they will ensure that all electrical connections are safe and reliable.
What size attic fan do I need?
To determine the right size attic fan for your home, consider the volume of your attic space and the amount of air that needs to be moved each hour to cool the area. An electrician can help you choose the right size fan for your needs.
What types of attic fans are available?
Attic ventilation fans are designed to cool the attic area by drawing cooler air in from intake vents and pushing hot air out directly through an exhaust vent. They are installed on the roof or wall of your attic and may be electrical or solar powered. Whole house cooling fans reduce the temperature of your home by drawing cool air through open windows while expelling warm air through attic vents. They must be installed on the floor of your attic and run on electricity, creating an intake through the ceiling of the upper level of the home. While they aren’t directly vented to the outside, they may require extra venting in the attic for adequate air exchange.
What are the advantages of solar attic fans?
Solar attic fans can help keep your home cooler in the summer in an eco-friendly way. Also known as PV fans, they cool your home by pulling hot air out of your attic and replacing it with cooler outside air. Because they run on solar power, they don’t cost anything to operate once installed. You may also qualify for a federal tax credit for a percentage of your purchase and installation costs.

Attic Fan Installation

Inadequate ventilation can lead to a buildup of heat and moisture in your attic. This can lead to higher cooling costs and take a toll on your home’s framing, insulation and roofing materials. Installing either an attic ventilation fan or a whole house fan will help protect the integrity of your home by reducing temperatures and humidity levels in your attic space by pushing hot air out of your home while drawing cool air into your attic.

A licensed electrician can ensure that all aspects of your project will be completed correctly. Your pro will help you choose between a standard attic ventilation and whole house fan, assess your intake and exhaust ventilation, run wiring, make sure exterior installations are weatherproof, and set your fan’s controls and thermostat properly.