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Portable Humidifiers vs Whole House Humidifiers

The air in your Bensalem home gets extremely dry in the winter time. If you don’t have a humidifier, you, your family, and other items in your will be affected. Your skin may dry out, you may get more colds, your wooden furniture may begin to warp, and your house will become less comfortable overall.

If this sounds familiar, you may be looking into a humidifier for your home. There are plenty of different models on the market, but you may not know which one to get. The two main types you may be looking into are a whole-house humidifier and a portable humidifier. To help you decide Home Rangers LLC has comprised this list of comparisons.


If you compare prices per unit, a portable humidifier is much cheaper. You can easily and conveniently purchase one at a variety of big-box stores. However, you should consider what size or how many humidifiers you will need. If you only want to add more moisture to just one room or a small area, a single portable humidifier will likely suffice.

On the other hand, if you try to condition your entire home with portable humidifiers, you will need multiple units and/or larger models. This would likely end up getting expensive quickly. In this case, looking into getting a whole-house humidifier installed by Home Rangers LLC would be a smarter solution.


Most portable humidifiers require little effort to install. Most just need to be unboxed, plugged in, filled with water and turned on. It only takes a few minutes.

Whole-house humidifiers, on the other hand, require a knowledgeable technician to install. A whole-house humidifier gets installed in the return vent of your furnace. Sometimes your ductwork may need to be modified. This will take longer and cost more initially, but it will last longer and perform better. Contact Home Rangers LLC to help ensure your whole-house humidifier is installed properly.

Performance and Efficiency

A portable humidifier may be less expensive and easier to install, but it can’t beat the performance of a whole-house humidifier. Just like its name implies, a whole-house humidifier can add moisture to all of the rooms in your home, as long as they are connected to your duct system.

As mentioned before, a portable humidifier can only condition a limited amount of space. You would need multiple portable systems to cover the same area of a whole-house humidifier. Therefore, a whole-house humidifier is a more effective and efficient way to add moisture to all of the air in your Philadelphia home.


Portable humidifiers require daily maintenance. They have water tanks that need to be refilled when they run out of water. They also need to be cleaned regularly so that contaminants, like mold, don’t grow.

Whole-house humidifiers do not need as much maintenance. They are connected to your home’s water supply so you do not have to refill any tanks. You do need to change their pads periodically, though.

Noise and Appearance

Portable humidifiers should be placed in the area where you want moisture added to the air. They also need access to an electrical outlet. In some cases, this means they are taking up space that you could be using for other things. However, some are designed to accent and look nice in your Bensalem home. It is also worth mentioning that some can be a bit noisy.

Whole-house humidifiers are typically installed in the basement, which means they are out of sight and you don’t have to worry about the noise. If you would like to learn more about whole-house humidifiers and other solutions for your home, contact Home Rangers LLC. You can do so through the contact page on our website or by calling 215-454-0001.