Adding a whole-house humidifier can help improve cold-weather issues in Huntingburg including scratchy skin, a dry nose and peeling lips. As it works with your heating system, there’s no need to carry a portable humidifier around your home, sloshing water as you go.
Since this system connects to your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to request skilled whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Dearing's Service & Solutions. Whole-house humidifier cost varies due to the kind of humidifier you select and how long we need to install it.
To help you select the best whole-house humidifier for your needs, let’s discuss the different models and their estimated costs.
Drum Whole-House Humidifier
Drum humidifiers are the most requested type as they’re the most economical. They typically cost between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor. They add moisture to your home through a padded spinning wheel, which moves up and evaporates water.
They’re available as bypass, which works when your heating system is heating, or fan-powered, which works on its own. However, the smaller price tag also is accompanied by an increased need for upkeep to prevent mold.
A drum humidifier has an evaporative pad to move moisture across your home. Depending on how often you use the humidifier, you’ll need to put in a new pad at least annually.
Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier
As the name says, flow-through humidifiers send water through an evaporator pad to create humidity. They cost $200–$300, plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor.
They use more water than a drum humidifier, but the potential for mold is decreased since the liquid drains once the humidification cycle is complete. You can choose between bypass and fan models, but you’ll still be required to replace the pad at least once a year.
Steam Whole-House Humidifier
A steam humidifier is considered the greatest efficiency and calls for a minimal amount of extra work, since it doesn’t require a reservoir of water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the features you need, they can range from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor.
Because they can work independently of your furnace, they could need slightly more utilities than drum and flow-through types. However, the trade-off is that they ordinarily don’t have mold issues.
Make Cold Weather More Enjoyable with a Whole-House Humidifier from Dearing's Service & Solutions
Although a whole-house humidifier costs more than a portable model, it offers many advantages a single-room model can’t. A couple of those advantages entail:
- Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from drying out
- Making a healthier climate for family members who suffer from respiratory ailments, such as asthma
- Reducing common cold-weather complaints, including scratchy skin or chapped lips
- Decreasing static electricity
Ready to enjoy a more pleasant heating season while at your home? Our Dearing's Service & Solutions professionals can help you choose the right whole-house humidifier for your budget. Contact us at 812-200-5844 now to begin the process.