Installing a whole-house humidifier can help lessen winter problems in Arlington such as itchy skin, a dry nose and flaking lips. Because it works with your heating system, there’s no need to carry a portable humidifier across your home, splashing water as you go.

As this system connects to your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to schedule skilled whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning. Whole-house humidifier cost varies due to the model of humidifier you want and how long we require to install it.

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

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most requested model as they’re the most affordable. They typically cost between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor. They humidify your house by using a padded spinning wheel, which moves up and disperses water.

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

A drum humidifier has an evaporative pad to send moisture throughout your residence. Depending on how frequently you need the humidifier, you’ll need 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 are around $200–$300, plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor.

They consume more water than a drum humidifier, but the potential for mold is reduced because the moisture flows away once the humidification cycle is done. You can select between bypass and fan models, but you’ll still need to replace the pad at least every year.

Steam Whole-House Humidifier

A steam humidifier is considered the best efficiency and calls for the least amount of maintenance, as it doesn’t have to have a pool of water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the extras you need, they can cost from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor.

Because they can operate without your furnace being on, they may need slightly more electricity than drum and flow-through types. However, the trade-off is that they typically don’t involve mold issues.

Make Winter More Enjoyable with a Whole-House Humidifier from Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning

Although a whole-house humidifier is pricier than a portable model, it offers many advantages a single-room model can’t. A few of those pluses entail:

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from cracking
  • Making a healthier climate for loved ones with respiratory problems, such as asthma
  • Decreasing usual wintertime complaints, such as scratchy skin or chapped lips
  • Decreasing static electricity

Looking to enjoy a more pleasant heating season while at your residence? Our Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can help you find the right whole-house humidifier for your budget. Contact us at 360-255-5857 now to begin the process.