Adding a whole-house humidifier can help decrease cold-weather issues in Wausau like flaky skin, a dry nose and peeling lips. As it works with your heating system, you don’t have to carry 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 schedule skilled whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Gilray Heating and Cooling. Whole-house humidifier cost is linked to the model of humidifier you choose 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 kinds and their estimated price.

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most requested model since 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 house by using a padded rotated wheel, which lifts and dissolves water.

You can choose from bypass, which runs when your heating system does, or fan-powered, which works by itself. However, the lower price tag also comes with a greater need for upkeep to prevent mold.

A drum humidifier uses an evaporative pad to send moisture around your home. Depending on how regularly you use the humidifier, you’ll want to put in a new pad at least every year.

Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier

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

They consume more water than a drum style, but the potential for mold is lower since the liquid drains once the humidification cycle is complete. You can have your choice of bypass and fan models, but you’ll still be required to install a new pad at least every year.

Steam Whole-House Humidifier

A steam humidifier is known as the best efficiency and needs the smallest amount of maintenance, since it doesn’t require 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 compiled by HomeAdvisor.

Because they can run independently of your furnace, they could require somewhat more electricity than drum and flow-through models. However, the compromise is that they usually don’t involve mold troubles.

Make Cold Weather Better with a Whole-House Humidifier from Gilray Heating and Cooling

Although a whole-house humidifier is pricier than a portable model, it gives many benefits a single-room model can’t. A couple of those benefits involve:

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from drying out
  • Developing an improved environment for family members with respiratory problems, such as asthma
  • Decreasing common cold-weather complaints, including rough skin or chapped lips
  • Lowering static electricity

Ready to enjoy a more comfortable heating season while at your residence? Our Gilray Heating and Cooling pros can help you choose the best whole-house humidifier for your budget. Give us a call at 715-301-0727 right away to begin the process.