The Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier for Basement Humidity Control

We all use our basements for different things. For some it's a place to do laundry or store household goods and for others it's a family room. No matter how you use your basement you want to keep it in good condition. So if your having humidity problems in your basement consider using a dehumidifier to rectify the situation.

Dehumidifiers zap excess humidity, preventing unforeseen damage that can cost thousands of dollars to fix. Below we review a few common problems associated with an overly humid basements to help you figure out if a dehumidifier is the right solution.

Basement Dampness

Dampness can be a big problem in the basement. If this is your problem, don't wait for things to get worse, you could be putting yourself and your pocketbook in harms way. Keeping humidity under control in your basement prevents tools and metal appliances from rusting. It'll also keep your washing machine, computer, and television circuits from getting damaged and furnishings from warping.

Dampness can even affect carpets, rugs, and walls. In areas with high humidity wood often swells, carpets can deteriorate and the interior part of the wall might grow weak.

Condensation on your basement windows is a sure sign you have a problem with dampness. If your basement doesn't have any windows, then touch the walls. If you feel any excess moisture - often a cold, slick coating on the surface - then you need to think about controlling basement dampness.

Mold Spores

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With severe moisture comes the growth of mold spores. Correct humidity in your basement can prevent the growth of mold spores and can help solve existing problems. Don't let mold spores multiply beneath the surface of the walls and carpets. Once established, it's hard to get rid of, and it costs thousands of dollars to gut and refurbish a basement. Not only is the damage to the home severe but it's bad for your health too.

Did you know that mold growth in the home can cause severe flu like symptoms? Mold growth - obvious or hidden - can make you and your family very sick. Stop mold growth in its tracks! Humidity levels should be kept below 50% and around 35% is ideal. With a dehumidifier you can stop mold growth and prevent any future infestation.

Basement Odors

If you have dampness and mold, chances are you also have the musty odor that often accompanies it. Even if you're not experiencing dampness but your basement has that closed room smell that comes with a lack of ventilation, a dehumidifier can often help.

Many units have HEPA and carbon filters will keep the room free of not only dust but foul odors too. Is there a smoker in the house? Maybe you're using your basement as a game room or a home bar. If this is the case then using one with a filter will help prevent odors and keep the room smelling fresh.

Have friends over and shoot pool, play games, and socialize without any smelly aftermath. You'll be able to prevent odors and keeps the air clean on a daily basis.

Sizing Capacity for Your Basement

It's important to correctly size your dehumidifier for your basement. If you don't buy one with enough capacity then it won't help prevent dampness, odors, or mold growth. It'll simply run all the time without any result. If you buy too much capacity then you're paying for more than you need.

Size your dehumidifier in terms of pints of moisture removal. How much moisture removal you need depends on the square footage of the room and the relative level of wetness. 30, 40, and 50 pint ratings refer to the number of pints of water that the unit can remove in a 24 hour period. These two factors play an important role in proper dehumidification.

View our buying guide at for help determining your need. Knowing your needs - the overall dampness of your basement - will help you select the right model and can read easily with a hygrometer.

Specialized Features

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  • Adjustable Humidistat: An adjustable humidistat lets you control the level of moisture removal.
  • Built-in Hygrometer: Take the guesswork out of maintaining a healthy humidity level in the basement. This feature reads the moisture level in the room so you know how to adjust the humidistat.
  • Auto Shut Off: This feature is perfect for saving you money and keeping the dehumidifier from running excessively.
  • Automatic Defrost: If frost begins building up on the compressor coils, the compressor cycles off and the fan continues to run until the frost disappears. This feature prevents quick cycling and frost from accumulating on the sensor.
  • Continuous Drainage: A continuous drainage port eliminate the hassle of emptying a condensation tank. Simply attach a hose to the unit and the moisture drains out through the hose.
  • Full Tank Alert: When the water collection bucket is full, the unit automatically shuts off and the indicator light turns on.
  • Portability: Choose a lightweight, portable dehumidifier and you'll be able to easily move it around! Make sure the model includes a carry handle or casters for easy transport.

Purchasing the Right Dehumidifier for Your Basement

Make the most of your basement and add a dehumidifier to keep it comfortable. It's an easy purchase and it'll let you make the most of the extra space of your basement.

If you have a basement with multiple rooms, one may not be enough. Finding your needs so you can eradicate dampness, odors, and mold spores throughout the entire area is key. Take back your basement so you and your family can enjoy the space and stay healthy!