How Much Does an Outdoor Misting System Cost?

Typical Range:

$2,026 - $3,420

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Published January 10, 2022

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Misting System Installation Cost

the cost to install an outdoor misting system is $600 or $200 to $4,200

Homeowners nationwide pay an average of $2,682 for an outdoor misting system. Project prices typically range from $2,026 and $3,420. The units themselves run about $1,825 on average, or anywhere from $600 up to $3,200. Professional installation will run between $190 and $675.

An outdoor misting system is a series of tubes and nozzles connected to a compressor. They have three typical uses:

  • Patio Cooling

  • Garden Irrigation

  • Mosquito Control

Irrigation misters deliver water in a spray so fine that it cools the air while it delivers moisture. A misting system can be a great way to cool down from the summer heat when you are playing sports or relaxing and entertaining in your backyard.

Misting units are also a very effective method for keeping plants cool, moist, and thriving in the hottest summer months. Certain models, like those in a greenhouse, can also deliver chemicals to help repel and control mosquitoes. These specialty misters are complex and typically require professional installation.

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National Average $2,682
Typical Range $2,026 - $3,420
Low End - High End $600 - $4,500

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 85 HomeAdvisor members.

Average Mister System Prices

Costs for garden and patio models range from $30 to more than $5,000. Price will depend on the quality of the unit and the size of the deck you can build or the patio you install.

You can purchase lower-end units from home improvement stores for between $30 and $100. High-quality models start at around $1,500 and include a pump that increases water pressure as well as the tubing, nozzles, and risers needed to install the system. Pumps alone cost between $500 and $1,500. More expensive units usually use smaller droplet sizes, allowing them to cool the air without wetting the area.

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Mosquito Misting System Costs & Installation

This version costs between $1,000 and $1,800 on average. Exact price depends on the type of unit and the size and layout of your property. Additional fees will include insecticide at a rate of $0.50 to $1 per ounce, as well as professional installation and maintenance.

Tankless vs. Drum

Mosquito misters require a place to store insecticide inside of them. Here are two popular types:

  • Tankless models feature a small container to store insecticide concentrate. They are more expensive, require more frequent refills but blend more seamlessly with the landscape.

  • Drum-based units have technicians pre-mix chemical and water in a large reservoir. These are typically less expensive and need fewer refills.


You may only use certain types of insecticides in mist units. Concentrated solution prices vary depending on brand, quality and amount. If you use a professional to put in and maintain your unit, they may include insecticide in maintenance contracts at no added charge.

How long the chemical lasts depends on how often you use it. Some units spray on a timer, while others only do when activated by the homeowner. Most professionals suggest using the system only around the times you will be using your outdoor living space to minimize impact on beneficial insects like bees and butterflies.


Unlike a garden or patio version, you place tubing for mosquito control underground and only along the perimeter of your outdoor living space in order to create a barrier against these pests. This may reduce the cost of materials up front.

Top Mosquito Control Brands

You can purchase a name-brand unit from a manufacturer or licensed distributor or Installing a Mist Cooling System on Your Patio

Mist cooling systems cost $190 to $675 to put in depending on their complexity and the size of the area you are cooling. Because they require electrical connections and use water, you should hire a professional.

Mist Cooling System Installation Cost by Area
Square FootageApproximate Cost
Less than 100$190
100 - 200$225
200 - 300$280
300 - 400$370
400 - 500$450
500 or more$675
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How to Install

Installation takes multiple steps and a variety of skills and equipment.

  • Measure tubing from the pump or unit to end point and determine how many tube sections you'll need.

  • Hang lines approximately 8 feet above the ground.

  • Join pipes and create a seal with a crimper.

  • Install pressure tubing using clips to prevent movement.

  • Insert tubing into compression coupling and remove any excess.

  • Turn on the water and start the pump to bleed air and debris from the misting lines.

  • Monitor the system for a short time to ensure it's working properly.

A-Niks Turbo Cool Costs + Other Top Brands

Top companies like A-Niks charge from $1,500 up to more than $5,000 for their cooling systems. Products are custom built for each client and project, so you should contact the manufacturer or a licensed dealer for a quote on the unit as well as installation and maintenance pricing.

Do You Have to Drill Holes in Your Aluminum or Wood Patio Cover?

In most cases, you will need to drill holes in your patio cover to mount the brackets that support the supply lines. However, an experienced professional may be able to minimize the number and visibility of each.

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Water Sprayer for Outdoor Greenhouses & Plants

Greenhouse irrigation systems can cost as little as $150 or more than $1,000 depending on size and complexity. After investing in the cost of a greenhouse, you will need to decide which type of system you need. Regardless of the type, you'll need to prepare the soil (or floor) and install drainage. Too much water can harm plants and standing water can create slipping hazards.

Types of Greenhouse Irrigation
Ground ApplicationEasiest & least expensive
  • Basic drip tube system with tubes on the ground near a plant's base.
  • Irrigation tubes connected to garden hose & can be moved around as desired.
  • Add timer to control soil saturation.
Container IrrigationModerate difficulty & expense
  • Requires main, overhead PVC pipe to connect water supply with hose & adapter.
  • Microtubes extend from pipe & supply each container with water.
Perimeter PipingMost difficult & expensive
  • Install piping & sprayers along greenhouse table edges.
  • Requires multiple PVC joints & connections.
  • Allows you to water different tables with unique amounts and at different times.

Water Mist vs. Sprinkler Systems

A mister helps control the climate within the greenhouse by maintaining humidity while a sprinkler waters the plants. You can purchase a complete misting system with a timer for $500 or less. A higher-end unit with a pump will cost at least $1,000 to $2,000. On the other hand, a Price Factors

The parts needed are simple. It is a series of pipes and tubes attached to a compressor. Although outdoor installation is not complicated, it can be very time consuming. For this reason, the largest expense is the installation itself, which runs an average of $150 but can range from $125 to $600.


The materials you'll need will depend on the size of the area. The larger the area, the more tubes and spray heads you'll need. In most systems, both are placed at least 8 feet above the ground. Most installations try to hide the tubing as much as possible.

High Water Pressure

Compressors with higher pressure range from $800 to $1,000, while smaller, less pressurized ones range from $60 to $150. The larger the coverage area and the higher the tubing and spray heads are hung, the higher the pressure needed to deliver the cooling spray. So, the size and power of the compressor needed to deliver the water into the air can affect the overall price of your system.


In some cases, the location of your unit may influence price. These factors include:

  • large areas

  • high ceilings

  • hard-to-reach areas

  • strange shapes

  • need for extra pipes or a second generator

When you talk to an installation professional, they should come to your residence or you should send them photos of your location. Then, they can give you a bid based on the setup of your property. This will help prevent any expensive surprises.

Commercial Systems

Commercial misters typically require custom quotes from a manufacturer or licensed distributor. These units are great for livestock, military locations, film sets, oil fields, and outdoor events.

DIY vs. Hiring a Professional

Design and installation is a job best left to a professional. Because the project requires plumbing and electrical skills as well as extensive knowledge of the technology, it is not a job a homeowner can do him/herself.

A professional will install your unit according to codes and regulations. Professional installation and maintenance will also ensure your warranty remains valid and prevent

costly repairs to your misting system in the future.

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