Adding a whole-house humidifier can help improve cold-weather problems in Lawrence including itchy skin, a dry nose and peeling lips. Since it runs with your heating system, you don’t need to lug a portable humidifier around your home, spilling water as you go.
As this system links to your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to book skilled whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Scott Temperature. Whole-house humidifier cost varies due to the type of humidifier you choose and how long it takes us to install it.
To help you select the best whole-house humidifier for your needs, let’s review the different types and their estimated costs.
Drum Whole-House Humidifier
Drum humidifiers are the most often installed model since they’re the most economical. They usually cost between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor. They humidify your house through a padded moving wheel, which raises and disperses water.
You can choose from bypass, which runs when your heating system does, or fan-powered, which works independently. However, the smaller price tag also comes with an increased need for maintenance to avoid mold.
A drum humidifier relies on an evaporative pad to distribute moisture around your house. Depending on how often you need the humidifier, you’ll need to put in a new pad at least every year.
Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier
As the name says, flow-through humidifiers flow water through an evaporator pad to make humidity. They run between $200–$300, plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor.
They use more water when compared to a drum style, but the potential for mold is decreased because the moisture drains once the humidification cycle is finished. You can choose between bypass and fan models, but you’ll still be required to replace the pad at least annually.
Steam Whole-House Humidifier
A steam humidifier is considered the most efficient and requires a minimal amount of maintenance, as it doesn’t have to have a pool of water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the options you want, they can be priced at from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages put together by HomeAdvisor.
Because they can operate independently of your furnace, they may consume a bit more electricity than drum and flow-through models. However, the compromise is that they usually don’t involve mold growth.
Make Wintertime More Enjoyable with a Whole-House Humidifier from Scott Temperature
Although a whole-house humidifier is pricier than a portable model, it provides many advantages a single-room model can’t. A couple of those advantages include:
- Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from drying out
- Developing a healthier space for family members who have respiratory problems, including asthma
- Reducing frequent cold-weather complaints, including scratchy skin or cracked lips
- Decreasing static electricity
Ready to enjoy a more comfortable heating season while at your home? Our Scott Temperature professionals can help you choose the ideal whole-house humidifier for your needs. Contact us at 785-269-0465 today to begin the process.