Installing a whole-house humidifier can help improve cold-weather issues in Erie such as scratchy skin, a dry nose and peeling lips. Because it runs with your heating system, you don’t have to drag a portable humidifier across your home, sloshing water as you go.

Because this system connects to your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to schedule professional whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Patterson & Stirling. Whole-house humidifier cost varies due to the model of humidifier you choose and how long we require to install it.

To help you select the best whole-house humidifier for your house, let’s go over the different models and their estimated costs.

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most often installed type as they’re the most economical. They typically run between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor. They humidify your home by using a padded rotated wheel, which moves up and disperses water.

They’re available as bypass, which runs when your heating system is on, or fan-powered, which operates on its own. However, the decreased price tag also is accompanied by a higher need for upkeep to prevent mold.

A drum humidifier relies on an evaporative pad to distribute moisture throughout your residence. Depending on how frequently you turn on the humidifier, you’ll want to change this pad at least every year.

Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier

As the name says, flow-through humidifiers send water through an evaporator pad to produce humidity. They cost $200–$300, plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor.

They use more water as opposed to a drum style, but the likelihood of mold is lower as the liquid drains once the humidification cycle is finished. You can select between bypass and fan models, but you’ll still need to replace the pad at least once a year.

Steam Whole-House Humidifier

A steam humidifier is known as the greatest efficiency and calls for a minimal amount of service, as it doesn’t have to have a reservoir of water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the options you need, they can range from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages put together by HomeAdvisor.

Since they can operate without your furnace being on, they could consume somewhat more electricity than drum and flow-through kinds. However, the compromise is that they ordinarily don’t have mold troubles.

Make Cold Weather More Pleasant with a Whole-House Humidifier from Patterson & Stirling

Although a whole-house humidifier is more expensive than a portable model, it offers many advantages a single-room model can’t. A few of those perks include:

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from cracking
  • Creating a healthier space for household members who suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma
  • Reducing frequent cold-weather complaints, such as scratchy skin or cracked lips
  • Lowering static electricity

Ready to enjoy a more comfy heating season while at your residence? Our Patterson & Stirling professionals can help you find the best whole-house humidifier for your home. Reach us at 814-308-0416 today to start the process.