How Much Does a Whole-House Humidifier Cost?

December 23, 2020

Adding a whole-house humidifier can help lessen winter problems in Payson including scratchy skin, a dry nose and flaking lips. Because it works with your heating system, so you don’t have to drag a portable humidifier from room to room, spilling water as you go.

As this system works with your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to schedule pro whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like North Mechanical Heating and Cooling. Whole-house humidifier cost varies due to the type of humidifier you want and how long we need to install it.

To help you find the best whole-house humidifier for your needs, let’s review the different types and their estimated price.

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most requested kind as they’re the most affordable. They often are priced between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor. They add humidity to your house through a padded spinning wheel, which raises and disperses water.

You can choose from bypass, which works when your heating system is heating, or fan-powered, which runs on its own. However, the smaller price tag also is accompanied by a higher need for maintenance to avoid mold.

A drum humidifier has an evaporative pad to distribute moisture around your house. Depending on how frequently you need the humidifier, you’ll want to put in a new pad at least once a year.

Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier

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

They use more water than a drum humidifier, but the potential for mold is decreased since the moisture drains once the humidification cycle is done. You can have your choice of bypass and fan models, but you’ll still be required to install a new pad at least annually.

Steam Whole-House Humidifier

A steam humidifier is known as the most efficient and calls for the least amount of service, since it doesn’t need standing water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the extras you are looking for, they can be priced at from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages put together by HomeAdvisor.

Since they can run alone, they may require somewhat more utilities than drum and flow-through styles. However, the trade-off is that they typically don’t have mold issues.

Make Winter Better with a Whole-House Humidifier from North Mechanical Heating and Cooling

Although a whole-house humidifier costs more than a portable model, it offers many benefits a single-room model can’t. A couple of those benefits include:

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from drying out
  • Creating a better space for household members who suffer from respiratory conditions, like asthma
  • Alleviating usual wintertime complaints, including scratchy skin or chapped lips
  • Reducing static electricity

Looking to enjoy a more pleasant heating season while at your residence? Our North Mechanical Heating and Cooling professionals can help you choose the ideal whole-house humidifier for your budget. Give us a call at 928-263-8570 now to start the process.