How To Remove Moisture From A Basement

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Basement dehumidifiers work by drawing warm moist air into it and passing it over cooling coils, which then condenses onto the coil and drips into a holding tray or out a drip hose. In cooler climates where the conditions will drop below 70 degrees in the basement, a refrigerant dehumidifier is prone to freezing up or at the very least becoming ineffective.  If this is the case then you might consider a desiccant dehumidifier.

The basement, when constructed properly with good ventilation and suitable air conditioning, should be mostly dry. Nevertheless, basements are particularly prone to dampness. In fact, it’s often the most humid area in your home. Because the basement is below ground level, the air, walls and floors are cooler than that upstairs. Warmer air from elsewhere, upstairs and outside, condenses as it moves into the basement, causing high humidity levels and dampness. Dampness, as we all know it, is a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, and can lead to several harmful implications for your homes, belongings and health.

Using a basement dehumidifier will keep the air in that area dry, preventing any damage to the walls, floors, furniture, appliances and any other belongings you’ve got stored in that room. Most importantly, it will prevent any health risks involved with toxic mold and fungus.  Having a dry basement would also allow you store personal belongings down there without fear of them getting ruined due to high humidity.

A basement dehumidifier is not that difficult to install nor does it require much maintenance. The water collected in the dehumidifier can easily be set up to connect with an existing drainage system to automatically remove stored water. A basement dehumidifier unit operates efficiently as well. It has the capability of monitoring the humidity levels and automatically powering off when a comfortable and safe humidity level has been reached.

When acquiring a basement dehumidifier for your home, there are a few factors to consider. First, the size of the unit needs to be suitable for the cubic footage area. If possible, measure the level of humidity of your basement. The size of your basement and its humidity level, will determine the capacity of the basement dehumidifier unit you need. You might want to consider purchasing two moderate capacity units instead of one with a large capacity, if this is more cost efficient. How you’ll be using the basement dehumidifier will also help you determine between a permanently installed unit and a portable one.

The best way to weigh up the products available to you is by referring to its features, energy efficiency, performance, coverage and price, together with the factors mentioned earlier. Paying a little more for a high-quality unit will save you money in the long run by reducing energy consumption. A good quality basement dehumidifier will ensure your family’s health and protect your home.

We often forget that the basement is where the home’s foundation is laid. As dampness and a wet environment can weaken concrete and timber, basement dehumidifiers will help keep the foundation strong by keeping the environment dry. So, it’s well worth considering investing in one to protect your biggest investment of all, which for most of us is our home.

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This article was published on Thursday 30 August, 2012.

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