Getting a whole-house humidifier can help lessen wintertime problems in Frederick such as itchy skin, a dry nose and peeling lips. As it runs with your heating system, there’s no need to drag a portable humidifier around your home, spilling water as you go.

Since this system works with your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to request professional whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like May's Heating & Air. Whole-house humidifier cost varies due to the type of humidifier you select and how long we require to install it.

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

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most often installed kind as they’re the most reasonably priced. They often cost between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor. They add moisture to your home by using a padded moving wheel, which lifts and dissolves water.

You can select from bypass, which operates when your heating system does, or fan-powered, which operates independently. However, the decreased price tag also is accompanied by a greater need for upkeep to avoid mold.

A drum humidifier has an evaporative pad to send moisture across your house. Depending on how frequently you turn on the humidifier, you’ll want to replace the pad at least yearly.

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 compiled by HomeAdvisor.

They use more water when compared to a drum humidifier, but the potential for mold is lower since the water empties once the humidification cycle is complete. You can have your choice of bypass and fan models, but you’ll still have to install a new pad at least every year.

Steam Whole-House Humidifier

A steam humidifier is regarded as the most efficient and needs a minimal amount of service, because it doesn’t have to have a pool of water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the options you need, they can range from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages put together by HomeAdvisor.

Since they can operate independently of your furnace, they may need slightly more energy than drum and flow-through models. However, the benefit is that they typically don’t involve mold issues.

Make Cold Weather Better with a Whole-House Humidifier from May's Heating & Air

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

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from cracking
  • Making a better environment for loved ones who suffer from respiratory problems, including asthma
  • Alleviating frequent wintertime complaints, including dry skin or peeling lips
  • Decreasing static electricity

Looking to enjoy a more comfy heating season while at your home? Our May's Heating & Air specialists can help you find the best whole-house humidifier for your budget. Reach us at 301-690-0397 now to start the process.