Installing a whole-house humidifier can help decrease cold-weather problems in Pella including itchy skin, a dry nose and flaking lips. Since it works with your heating system, there’s no need to drag a portable humidifier from room to room, sloshing water as you go.

Since this system works with your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to request skilled whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating. Whole-house humidifier cost is linked to the kind of humidifier you select and how long we need to install it.

To help you find the best whole-house humidifier for your needs, let’s go over the different models and their estimated price.

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most requested type as they’re the most reasonably priced. They often run between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages compiled by HomeAdvisor. They add moisture to your house with a padded moving wheel, which lifts and dissolves water.

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

A drum humidifier relies on an evaporative pad to distribute moisture throughout your home. Depending on how frequently you need the humidifier, you’ll need to replace the pad at least annually.

Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier

As the name implies, flow-through humidifiers move water through an evaporator pad to create 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 likelihood of mold is lower since the liquid flows away once the humidification cycle is complete. You can select between bypass and fan models, but you’ll still need to install a new pad at least annually.

Steam Whole-House Humidifier

A steam humidifier is known as the most efficient and needs the smallest amount of extra work, as it doesn’t have to have standing water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the features you want, they can be priced at from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages put together by HomeAdvisor.

As they can operate independently of your furnace, they may need a bit more electricity than drum and flow-through models. However, the benefit is that they typically don’t experience mold growth.

Make Wintertime More Pleasant with a Whole-House Humidifier from Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating

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

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from cracking
  • Developing a healthier climate for household members with respiratory problems, such as asthma
  • Alleviating frequent cold-weather complaints, such as scratchy skin or chapped lips
  • Reducing static electricity

Looking to enjoy a more comfortable heating season while indoors? Our Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating professionals can help you find the best whole-house humidifier for your needs. Reach us at 641-628-3621 now to begin the process.