Adding a whole-house humidifier can help decrease winter ailments in Erie like scratchy skin, a dry nose and peeling lips. As it runs with your heating system, there’s no 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 Patterson & Stirling. Whole-house humidifier cost depends based on the kind of humidifier you select and how long we need to install it.

To help you choose the best whole-house humidifier for your house, let’s go over the different types and their estimated price.

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most popular type since they’re the most affordable. They usually cost between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor. They humidify your residence with a padded moving wheel, which lifts and disperses water.

You can select from bypass, which operates when your heating system does, or fan-powered, which operates by itself. However, the decreased price tag also is accompanied by an increased need for service to avoid mold.

A drum humidifier has an evaporative pad to send moisture across your home. Depending on how frequently you turn on the humidifier, you’ll want to put in a new pad at least annually.

Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier

As the name implies, flow-through humidifiers send water through an evaporator pad to produce humidity. They are around $200–$300, plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor.

They consume more water when compared to a drum model, but the potential for mold is decreased since the water empties once the humidification cycle is complete. You can choose between bypass and fan models, but you’ll still need to put in a new pad at least every year.

Steam Whole-House Humidifier

A steam humidifier is regarded as the most efficient and calls for a minimal amount of service, because it doesn’t require standing water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the features you are looking for, they can range from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor.

As they can operate without your furnace being on, they might consume somewhat more electricity than drum and flow-through types. However, the trade-off is that they usually don’t experience mold issues.

Make Winter More Enjoyable with a Whole-House Humidifier from Patterson & Stirling

Although a whole-house humidifier is pricier than a portable model, it gives many perks a single-room model can’t. A couple of those advantages involve:

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from drying out
  • Developing a healthier space for family members with respiratory problems, such as asthma
  • Alleviating frequent wintertime complaints, like dry skin or flaking lips
  • Lowering static electricity

Looking to enjoy a more comfortable heating season while at your home? Our Patterson & Stirling professionals can help you select the best whole-house humidifier for your home. Contact us at 814-308-0416 today to start the process.