Getting a whole-house humidifier can help improve winter issues in Crystal and Twin Cities including itchy skin, a dry nose and cracked lips. Because it runs with your heating system, you don’t need to carry a portable humidifier from room to room, splashing water as you go.

Because this system links to your HVAC system, ductwork and plumbing, you’ll want to request pro whole-house humidifier installation from an HVAC company like GV Heating & Air. Whole-house humidifier cost depends based on the type of humidifier you want and how long we need to install it.

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

Drum Whole-House Humidifier

Drum humidifiers are the most popular type because they’re the most reasonably priced. They often are priced between $150–$250 plus installation, according to national averages put together by HomeAdvisor. They humidify your home through a padded spinning wheel, which lifts and evaporates water.

They’re available as bypass, which operates when your heating system does, or fan-powered, which runs independently. However, the lower price tag also comes with a greater need for maintenance to stop mold.

A drum humidifier relies on an evaporative pad to distribute moisture throughout your home. Depending on how often you turn on the humidifier, you’ll want to put in a new pad at least annually.

Flow-Through Whole-House Humidifier

As the name suggests, flow-through humidifiers move water through an evaporator pad to produce humidity. They run between $200–$300, plus installation, according to national averages from HomeAdvisor.

They use more water than a drum model, but the potential for mold is lower as the moisture drains once the humidification cycle is done. 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 known as the best efficiency and calls for the smallest amount of maintenance, because it doesn’t have to have a pool of 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 from HomeAdvisor.

As they can run independently of your furnace, they may need somewhat more utilities than drum and flow-through models. However, the trade-off is that they usually don’t experience mold growth.

Make Wintertime Better with a Whole-House Humidifier from GV Heating & Air

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

  • Keeping wood flooring, cabinets and furniture from wearing out
  • Making an improved space for loved ones who have respiratory conditions, including asthma
  • Reducing frequent winter complaints, like rough skin or chapped lips
  • Reducing static electricity

Looking to enjoy a more comfortable heating season while indoors? Our GV Heating & Air pros can help you find the best whole-house humidifier for your needs. Contact us at 763-535-2000 right away to start the process.