How Much Does a Whole-House Humidifier Cost?

December 23, 2020

Adding a whole-house humidifier can help decrease cold-weather issues in Ellsworth such as itchy skin, a dry nose and peeling lips. As it works with your heating system, so you don’t have to drag a portable humidifier across your home, spilling water as you go.

Because this system links to your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to request skilled whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC. Whole-house humidifier cost varies due to the model of humidifier you select and how long it takes us to install it.

To help you select the best whole-house humidifier for your home, let’s review the different kinds and their estimated costs.

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most requested type as they’re the most economical. They usually run between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor. They add humidity to your home by using a padded moving wheel, which moves up and disperses water.

You can select from bypass, which operates when your heating system is on, or fan-powered, which runs independently. However, the decreased price tag also is accompanied by a higher need for maintenance to stop mold.

A drum humidifier relies on an evaporative pad to move moisture around your house. Depending on how regularly you need the humidifier, you’ll want to replace the pad at least yearly.

Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier

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

They need more water when compared to a drum humidifier, but the chance of mold is lower because the liquid drains once the humidification cycle is finished. You can select between bypass and fan models, but you’ll still need to install a new pad at least every year.

Steam Whole-House Humidifier

A steam humidifier is considered the most efficient and needs a minimal amount of extra work, because it doesn’t require a reservoir of water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the features you want, they can be priced at from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor.

Since they can run alone, they might need slightly more electricity than drum and flow-through models. However, the trade-off is that they ordinarly don’t have mold troubles.

Make Winter Better with a Whole-House Humidifier from Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC

Although a whole-house humidifier costs more than a portable model, it gives many pluses a single-room model can’t. A few of those pluses involve:

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from drying out
  • Creating an improved climate for loved ones with respiratory problems, such as asthma
  • Decreasing common winter complaints, including scratchy skin or peeling lips
  • Decreasing static electricity

Want to enjoy a more comfy heating season while indoors? Our Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC pros can help you select the right whole-house humidifier for your home. Give us a call at 715-318-6728 today to start the process.