Installing a whole-house humidifier can help decrease wintertime issues in Rapid City such as scratchy skin, a dry nose and peeling lips. Because it runs with your heating system, you don’t need to carry a portable humidifier around your home, sloshing water as you go.

As this system connects to your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to schedule pro whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like Precision Mechanical. Whole-house humidifier cost is linked to the kind of humidifier you want and how long it takes us to install it.

To help you select the best whole-house humidifier for your house, let’s review the different models and their estimated price.

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most requested type as they’re the most economical. They often run between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor. They add humidity to your home with a padded rotated wheel, which raises and dissolves water.

You can select from bypass, which operates when your heating system does, or fan-powered, which works by itself. However, the lower price tag also is accompanied by a higher need for maintenance to stop mold.

A drum humidifier has an evaporative pad to send moisture throughout your residence. Depending on how regularly you turn on the humidifier, you’ll have to put in a new pad at least yearly.

Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier

As the name says, flow-through humidifiers move water through an evaporator pad to create humidity. They are around $200–$300, plus installation, according to national averages put together by HomeAdvisor.

They consume more water than a drum style, but the likelihood of mold is lower as the water empties once the humidification cycle is complete. You can choose between bypass and fan models, but you’ll still need to replace the pad at least once a year.

Steam Whole-House Humidifier

A steam humidifier is considered the most efficient and requires a minimal amount of maintenance, because it doesn’t require a pool of water or an evaporative pad. Depending on the features you want, they can range from $300 to more than $1,000, plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor.

Because they can operate without your furnace being on, they could consume slightly more utilities than drum and flow-through types. However, the benefit is that they usually don’t experience mold issues.

Make Cold Weather More Enjoyable with a Whole-House Humidifier from Precision Mechanical

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

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from drying out
  • Developing a healthier space for loved ones who have respiratory conditions, such as asthma
  • Alleviating usual winter complaints, like rough skin or flaking lips
  • Reducing static electricity

Ready to enjoy a more comfortable heating season while at your residence? Our Precision Mechanical pros can help you select the ideal whole-house humidifier for your budget. Contact us at 605-206-3766 right away to start the process.