How much does a dehumidifier cost to install?
How much does a dehumidifier cost to install?
$1,500 – $3,500 whole-house dehumidifier cost
$1,100 – $2,800 basement or crawl space dehumidifier cost
A whole-house dehumidifier costs $1,100 to $3,500 installed, depending on the size, type, ductwork, and existing HVAC system. A small to medium portable dehumidifier costs $250 to $450. The cost to install a dehumidifier in a basement is $1,100 to $2,800. A crawl space dehumidifier costs $1,500 to $2,500.
|Type||Pints||Use||Average cost installed|
|Small portable dehumidifier*||1 – 10||Bathroom or closet||$40 – $100|
|Medium portable dehumidifier*||11 – 45||Bedroom or living room||$130 – $300|
|Large-capacity dehumidifier||50 – 65||Basement or crawl space||$1,100 – $2,800|
|Whole-house dehumidifier||70 – 200+||Whole house||$1,500 – $3,500|
*No installation required.
The cost to run a dehumidifier adds $10 to $30 per month to your energy bill.
Renting a dehumidifier costs $40 to $70 per day or $200 to $300 per week.
Dehumidification reduces the excess moisture, mold growth, allergens, odors, and structural deterioration and improves indoor air quality
Average whole-house dehumidifier installation cost
The following table shows the average cost to install a whole-house dehumidifier, including labor and materials.
|National average cost||$2,200|
|Average cost range||$1,500 to $3,500|
* Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.
HVAC or whole-house dehumidifier cost
A whole-house dehumidifier costs $1,500 to $3,500 installed, depending on the capacity, the HVAC system's layout, and whether the dehumidifier ties into the existing ductwork or a dedicated return duct.
|Water capacity||Unit price||Total cost installed|
|70 – 80 pints||$1,100 – $1,700||$1,500 – $2,900|
|90 – 100 pints||$1,300 – $2,000||$1,700 – $3,200|
|120 – 200 pints||$1,500 – $2,300||$1,900 – $3,500|
Whole-home dehumidifiers are also called HVAC, central AC, or furnace dehumidifiers.
Homes using a heat pump typically do not need a dehumidifier because the heat pump itself dehumidifies the home.
Portable whole-house dehumidifier cost
Portable or standalone dehumidifiers cost $250 to $450 and do not need professional installation. Portable dehumidifiers require more energy and maintenance than ducted whole-house dehumidifiers. A home may need multiple standalone units depending on the size and layout.
Permanent basement dehumidifier system cost
Installing a dehumidifier in a basement costs $1,100 to $2,800, depending on the size and if it's ducted through a wall. Some units balance humidity throughout the home by dehumidifying only the basement air, where moisture is highest. Basement dehumidifiers may also be ducted to output dry air to another room.
Choose a dehumidifier explicitly designed to operate at temperatures below 65° to handle cooler basement air.
Models with an automatic drain connected to a sump pump or floor drain are ideal for homeowners looking for low maintenance.
Crawl space dehumidifier cost
A crawl space dehumidifier costs $1,500 to $2,500 with installation or $800 to $1,600 for the unit alone. Crawl space encapsulation costs $3,000 to $15,000 and includes installing a dehumidifier.
Cost factors to install a dehumidifier
Factors affecting the installation cost include:
Automation – Dehumidifiers with Wi-Fi, touchscreen, and automatic functionality cost more than manual control models.
Dehumidifier brand and type – A whole-house dehumidifier costs more to install than a portable standalone unit, but duct-mounted models are more efficient.
Energy-efficiency – ENERGY STAR rated dehumidifiers may cost more up front, but they cost less to run over the long term.
Drainage – The dehumidifier's proximity to outside access or the nearest drain affects the labor and materials required to run the drainage line.
Home age and seal – Older homes with drafty doors and windows require a larger dehumidifier than a newer, tighter-sealed home.
HVAC system layout – Disconnecting and removing the HVAC system costs $90 to $120 on average. Some installations require temporarily removing the AC unit.
Installation complexity – Adding a dedicated return duct typically takes longer than tying the unit into an existing HVAC return. A space that is difficult to access also impacts the installation labor.
Electrical work – Installing a GFCI electrical outlet costs $150 to $350. Most dehumidifiers require a dedicated outlet.
Old unit removal – Old dehumidifier removal and disposal cost $40 to $200.
Warranties – Higher-priced units often have longer or more extensive warranty coverage.
Dehumidifier system prices by brand
Household dehumidifier prices are $1,000 to $3,000 for the system alone, depending on the brand and capacity.
|Brand||Dehumidifier price range*|
|Aprilaire||$1,000 – $2,200|
|Carrier||$1,000 – $3,000|
|GeneralAire||$1,300 – $1,900|
|Honeywell||$1,300 – $2,400|
|Lennox / Healthy Climate||$1,500 – $2,300|
|Sani-Dry||$1,200 – $2,500|
|Santa Fe||$1,200 – $2,500|
*Installation not included.
Aprilaire and Carrier are among Energy Star's 2023 top-rated whole-house units.
Honeywell and LG also offer standalone models for $200 to $400 that may provide adequate whole-house dehumidification if properly sized and placed.
Installing a ventilation system like Humidex, Wave, or EZ-Breathe costs $1,000 to $2,000. Ventilation systems use a fan to pull air from the home's upper levels into the basement and release musty air outside via a vent. These systems are not recommended as a substitute for a dehumidifier.
Labor cost to install a dehumidifier
Installing a dehumidifier costs $400 to $1,200 in labor, depending on the job complexity. A whole-house dehumidifier connected to the home's HVAC system and ductwork typically requires more labor to install than a crawl space or basement dehumidifier.
HVAC technicians charge $75 to $150 per hour for dehumidifier installation. Installation takes a two-person team 3 to 6 hours on average.
Ductwork for dehumidifier
Installing a new duct run costs $270 to $500 and is typically included in the dehumidifier installation estimate. The ductwork required depends on the home's existing air handling setup and the new dehumidifier location. Installing a dedicated return duct with a separate vent may increase the cost.
Dehumidifier drainage options
Large capacity dehumidifiers like basement, crawl space, and whole-house units offer two drainage options:
Gravity – Most dehumidifiers connect to a hose and use gravity to drain the collected water to a nearby drain or sump pump.
Pump – Adding an external pump to an existing dehumidifier costs $50 to $300. Some dehumidifiers contain an internal condensate pump. Pumped water allows more flexibility when choosing the dehumidifier's location in your home.
Cost to run a dehumidifier
Running a dehumidifier costs $10 to $30 per month or $120 to $360 per year, depending on the size, usage time, and local electricity rates. An energy-efficient or Energy Star rated dehumidifier typically reduces total energy costs due to improved air quality and appliance efficiency.
Dehumidifier filters cost $10 to $30 and should be replaced at least once a year.
Humidifier repairs cost $70 to $400 on average.
DIY cost to install a whole-house dehumidifier
Installing a whole-house dehumidifier DIY costs $800 to $2,300, saving 30% on labor costs. However, installation involves duct and electrical work, handling heavy equipment, and working in tight spaces. Hire a pro to ensure the setup is safe and correct.
Dehumidifier rental prices
Renting a dehumidifier costs $40 to $70 per day or $200 to $300 per week, depending on the size.
|Rental period||Average price|
|Per day||$40 – $70|
|Per week||$200 – $300|
Dehumidifier rental may be necessary for:
Water damage restoration – Dehumidification is crucial to prevent mold growth and rot after water damage.
Waterproofing a basement costs $1,900 to $6,300. Remove moisture from the space with a dehumidifier before waterproofing to ensure the encapsulation process does not trap water.
Carpet cleaning service costs $100 to $300 per room. Replacing carpet after a flood is recommended, but water extraction and dehumidifying may suffice in some situations.
Radiant heating – Temporary dehumidification may help stabilize moisture levels when installing a radiant heating system. Homes in mild climates using radiant heat typically do not require continuous dehumidification.
Whole-house dehumidifier pros and cons
A whole-house dehumidifier costs less to run than a portable model and creates a healthier and more comfortable atmosphere. A duct-mounted system costs more upfront but is a better long-term investment for homes in climates with high humidity.
Cost of dehumidifier vs. air conditioner
Installing an air conditioner costs $2,500 to $7,500. An air conditioner reduces some humidity as it cools the air. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, making warmer temperatures more comfortable.
A two-stage air conditioner costs $1,000 to $2,000 more than a single-stage AC but offers more humidity control with a combination thermostat/humidistat.
Are dehumidifiers worth it?
A dehumidifier is worth it for homes in very muggy climates or for homeowners with allergies or other respiratory conditions. Dehumidifiers improve indoor air quality by filtering dust and allergens and reducing mold risk. Homes in arid climates do not typically need a dehumidifier.
Can a portable dehumidifier work for a whole house?
A portable dehumidifier can work for a whole house up to 2,000 square feet or more if the unit has large enough capacity and is placed in an area with sufficient circulation. An average home typically requires a 30- to 50-pint portable unit, depending on the location and humidity level.
How long do dehumidifiers last?
A well-maintained whole-house dehumidifier lasts 5 to 10 years on average. A portable dehumidifier lasts 3 to 5 years. A dehumidifier's lifespan depends on the quality, environment, and usage. Dehumidifiers in muggy climates typically have shorter lifespans because they must work harder.
What size dehumidifier do I need?
Choose a dehumidifier size based on the space's square footage and humidity level. Homes in wet climates require a higher capacity dehumidifier than those with low-to-moderate humidity.
A high-capacity, duct-mounted, whole-house dehumidifier is typically not necessary for homes under 2,000 square feet.
|Humidity level||Capacity (pints per day) by square footage|
|300 – 500 SF||700 – 1,000 SF||1,500 – 2,500+ SF|
|50% – 60% (Feels damp)||1 – 10||20 – 40||40 – 50|
|60% –70% (Very damp, musty)||20 – 30||30 – 50||50 – 60|
|70% – 80% (Noticeable condensation)||40 – 50||50 – 60||60 - 70|
|80% – 100% (Very wet; mold risk)||50 – 60||60 – 70||70 – 100+|
Choose a capacity on the higher end if:
Multiple people live in the space.
The space has multiple doors and windows.
The space has a washer and dryer nearby.
How much energy does a dehumidifier use?
A dehumidifier uses 300 to 700 watts per hour, depending on its size. Larger capacity units use more energy. Still, they dehumidify the air faster and are typically more efficient over the long term.
|Pints per day||Average watts per hour||Amps (at 120V)|
|30||300 – 500||2.5 – 4.2|
|50||500 – 600||4.7 – 5.0|
|70||600 – 700||5.0 – 5.8|
Do you need a dehumidifier if you have central air conditioning?
A dehumidifier is helpful if the home feels humid when the central air conditioning is set to 72° F or lower. Homes in muggy climates typically need a dehumidifier. Desert homes and homes in the northern U.S. don't usually require a dehumidifier because the air is already dry enough.
An improperly sized AC unit that cools the house too quickly may cause uncomfortable humidity levels.
The EPA recommends an indoor relative humidity between 30% and 50%.
Hiring a dehumidifier installer
Before hiring an AC technician to install a dehumidifier:
Get at least three estimates to compare. Confirm the estimates include comparable equipment.
Look for a NATE-certified technician with experience installing whole-house dehumidifiers.
Read their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
Select companies that are insured, bonded, and have been in business for 5+ years.
Ask for references.
Avoid selecting the lowest quote as quality may suffer.
Get a detailed estimate, contract, and warranty in writing before the work begins.
Never pay in full before the project starts. Use a payment plan instead for work completed.
Questions to ask
Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
What experience do you have installing dehumidifiers?
What type of dehumidifier do you recommend for my home, and why?
How long will the installation take?
Is there a warranty, and if so, what does it include?
What is and is not included in the estimate?
What additional costs should I expect?
What permits do I need, and will you obtain them?
What do you charge for an annual maintenance check?
How often do you recommend changing the filter?
How do the dehumidifier controls work?