Adding a whole-house humidifier can help decrease winter ailments in Oxford like itchy skin, a dry nose and cracked lips. Since it operates with your heating system, you don’t need to lug a portable humidifier from room to room, splashing water as you go.
Because this system works with your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to schedule skilled whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Whole-house humidifier cost varies due to the type of humidifier you want and how long it takes us to install it.
To help you find the best whole-house humidifier for your home, let’s discuss the different types and their estimated price.
Drum Whole-House Humidifier
Drum humidifiers are the most popular type as they’re the most economical. They often run between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor. They add humidity to your house by using a padded moving wheel, which raises and evaporates water.
They’re available as bypass, which operates when your heating system does, or fan-powered, which works on its own. However, the lower price tag also includes a higher need for maintenance to stop mold.
A drum humidifier uses an evaporative pad to move moisture throughout your home. Depending on how often you turn on the humidifier, you’ll want to change this pad at least every year.
Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier
As the name implies, flow-through humidifiers flow water through an evaporator pad to make humidity. They cost $200–$300, plus installation, according to national averages put together by HomeAdvisor.
They need more water as opposed to a drum model, but the chance of mold is reduced since the water drains once the humidification cycle is done. You can have your choice of bypass and fan models, but you’ll still need to replace the pad at least annually.
Steam Whole-House Humidifier
A steam humidifier is known as the best efficiency and calls for the smallest amount of extra work, because it doesn’t require a pool of water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the extras you want, they can cost from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor.
Because they can work without your furnace being on, they could need a bit more energy than drum and flow-through types. However, the trade-off is that they typically don’t have mold growth.
Make Cold Weather Better with a Whole-House Humidifier from Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc
Although a whole-house humidifier is more expensive than a portable model, it gives many perks a single-room model can’t. A couple of those advantages include:
- Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from wearing out
- Creating a healthier space for household members who suffer from respiratory ailments, like asthma
- Alleviating usual cold-weather complaints, like scratchy skin or cracked lips
- Lowering static electricity
Ready to enjoy a more pleasant heating season while at your home? Our Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc pros can help you find the right whole-house humidifier for your budget. Give us a call at 662-281-1231 today to start the process.