Cost to Install Evaporative Cooling

Updated: January 2018

Evaporative Cooler Installation CalculatorZip Code
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Evaporative Cooler Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: 4000 CFM whole house evaporative cooling system. 0.5 HP motor. Powder coated, galvanized steel construction. For up to 1800 SF home. Requires water connection at unit.
1 cooler$596.88$696.55
Evaporative Cooler Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to install evaporative cooling with favorable site conditions. Install new evaporative cooling unit. Install dedicated 120V 20A circuit with interior switch. Assemble, level and mount unit. Connect outlet to existing ducting. Connect to existing water supply. Power unit and verify air flow, water level control and temperature drop. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
1 cooler$596.88$696.55
Evaporative Cooler Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to install evaporative cooling including: fittings, fasteners and mounting hardware.
1 cooler$596.88$696.55
Evaporative Cooler Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: Pipe cutting and threading, tubing cutter, brazing kit and pipe wrenches. Daily rental. Consumables extra.
1 cooler$596.88$696.55
Option: Remove HVAC Unit
Disconnect power, connections and fittings. Disconnect mounting hardware and remove unit from premises. For units up to 200 LBS. Material cost includes dump fee.
1 cooler$596.88$696.55
Evaporative Cooler Debris Disposal
Costs to load and haul away old materials, installation waste and associated debris.
1 cooler35.437540.3125
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
Totals - Cost To Install Evaporative Cooling   
Average Cost per Cooler  

For a basic project in zip code 47474 with 1 cooler, the cost to Install Evaporative Cooling starts at $1,115 - $2,150 per cooler. Because job specific configurations and options will result in significantly different costs, homewyse uses industry-standard algorithms and professionally screened cost data to create estimates customized to the specific options of YOUR evaporative cooler installation project. Unlike websites with vendor aggregated costs - which lack details for comparison and verification - homewyse delivers greater accuracy and relevancy, for estimates of cost, material and time to install evaporative cooling.

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Cost to Install Evaporative Cooling - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS! Explore the full range of evaporative cooling system new installation labor options and material prices here.

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Evaporative Cooler Installation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Evaporative Cooler Installation jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Evaporative Cooler Installation. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Install Evaporative Cooling - Unit Price References

Evaporative Cooler Installation - Average Cost Per Cooler

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Evaporative Cooler Installation costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.

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