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How Much Does a Whole-House Humidifier Cost?

Installing a whole-house humidifier can help alleviate cold-weather ailments in Carlsbad like itchy skin, a dry nose and flaking lips. Since it works with your heating system, there’s no need to drag a portable humidifier around your home, spilling water as you go.

Since this system connects to your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to request skilled whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services. Whole-house humidifier cost is linked to the model of humidifier you select and how long we require to install it.

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

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most often installed type as they’re the most reasonably priced. They often cost between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages put together by HomeAdvisor. They add humidity to your house through a padded rotated wheel, which lifts and evaporates water.

You can select from bypass, which runs when your heating system is heating, or fan-powered, which operates on its own. However, the decreased price tag also is accompanied by an increased need for upkeep to stop mold.

A drum humidifier has an evaporative pad to distribute moisture throughout your house. Depending on how often you need the humidifier, you’ll want to change this pad at least yearly.

Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier

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

They need more water than a drum style, but the potential for mold is reduced as the liquid empties 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 requires a minimal amount of maintenance, as it doesn’t require a reservoir of water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the features you need, they can cost from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor.

Since they can operate independently of your furnace, they may require somewhat more electricity than drum and flow-through styles. However, the trade-off is that they usually don’t have mold issues.

Make Wintertime Better with a Whole-House Humidifier from Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services

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

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from cracking
  • Making a healthier climate for family members who have respiratory problems, such as asthma
  • Reducing common wintertime complaints, including dry skin or cracked lips
  • Lowering static electricity

Ready to enjoy a more comfortable heating season while indoors? Our Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services specialists can help you choose the best whole-house humidifier for your home. Give us a call at 575-446-3948 right away to start the process.

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