When I moved into my house from an apartment, I was used to humidifying my space with a small, stand-alone humidifier. When I bought a house, I simply assumed that I would continue using a stand-alone unit that was sized for humidifying a larger space.
I bought a Vornado humidifier for just under $200 and a few replacement filters at $15 each. I ran the thing constantly in the winters and still, the air was always dry. I refilled it endlessly.
Now, I do live in an old, somewhat leaky house but still… I had purchased a top-of-the-line humidifier and expected results!
The idea of a whole-house humidifier had crossed my mind when I moved in, but I wrote it off immediately, assuming it would be prohibitively expensive. Cut to five years later and I finally picked up the phone, got some bids, was pleasantly surprised at the pricing and am now a happy (and humid) new owner of a whole-house humidifier that works like a dream. No water refilling, filter changes once a year, and at the price of just under $400 installed.
What about you? Do you have any humidification stories or advice to share as we head into the heating season?