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The Importance of Using Dehumidifiers to Combat Humidity in Your Basement

mold-basement-stairs-door-300Basements are an integral part of any household.

Many use their basement for setting up a home laundry, many to store their daily goods, and for others it is nothing more than a family room.

The point is that no matter what you use your basement for, it should always be kept clean and maintained.

When talking about maintaining a household basement, humidity is the first thing that comes to mind.

While a little bit of humidity can be advantageous, increased concentrations of humidity can be damaging to the paint and walls of your basement and lead to mold.

But you can significantly reduce the amount of condensation if you try to look for places it is most likely to form, and eliminate the causes of it.

Combat Humidity

The number one thing to combat humidity and condensation is a dehumidifier, and it comes in handy when you have multiple rooms in your basement.

Dehumidifiers eliminate heightened levels of humidity, saving you thousands in repairs.

Mentioned below are some complications which can be associated with humid basements and how a good dehumidifier can help to get rid of it.

Muggy and Damp Basements

Dampness can damage your basement significantly.

If your basement smells and looks wet and damp, then instead of waiting around for a miracle, get a dehumidifier to eliminate the condensation.

  • Humidity can cause metal pipes and other metallic appliances to quickly rust and damage.
  • If you've set your basement as a family room, then the dampness can destroy your carpeting and rugs, and can smudge the paint of your walls.
  • High levels of humidity can even affect the wood causing it to swell and weaken, and it can also cause the basement walls to deteriorate from the inside.
  • If there are no windows in your basement, then what you can do is get a feel of the walls. If your hand gets a bit moist or wet then it is time to get a dehumidifier and take control of the situation.

In a drastic situation where the problem begins to creep into your basement walls, you'll have to get the new AD-250 Pint Portable Room Dehumidifier. It is portable, compact, and can work smoothly without making much noise.

If you have windows in your basement then the condensation on the glass would be proof enough that your basement is damp.

Here are some common causes of dampness:

  • Liquid from ground or rainwater
  • Unvented clothes dryers, and heat from the kitchen
  • Humid air coming from the exterior of the house and into the basement causing condensation

Mold Spores

Mold in BasementSevere moisture in the basement causes mold spores to form on the surface as well as the walls.

The right levels of humidity can effectively combat mold spores and can further reduce their growth.

When you notice mold spores developing on your walls and other surfaces, act fast or the spores will multiply, which means you'll have to spend more in damages.

Get a dehumidifier and get it fast! The spores are not only damaging to the walls and surface of the basement, but are also bad for health.

Did you know that severe mold development in the house can lead to symptoms like severe cold and flu? The only way you can prevent molds to form is to keep the humidity levels in your house below 50% and around 35%, and only a dehumidifier can help you achieve this.

Bad Basement Odors

The dampness in the basement as a result of severe condensation often results in a strong stench in the basement. Lack of proper ventilation can also cause bad odors, but a dehumidifier can help keep things toned down and maintained.

  • Dehumidifiers provide an excellent source of ventilation.
  • Some dehumidifiers are also designed with HEPA and carbon filters which significantly help in getting rid of the bad stench and keeps the basement dust free.
  • They can particularly come in handy if your basement is frequently used for smoking, gaming, or drinking etc.

How Do Dehumidifiers Work?

Dehumidifiers are designed to suck out increased levels of moisture in the air.

Most dehumidifiers are manufactured with compressors fans which suck in the air as it passes over two sets of refrigerant filled coils.

All the moisture and condensation the dehumidifier sucks in goes into a water tank which you have to empty after the device reaches a certain limit.

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Sizing Capacity for Your Basement

While selecting a dehumidifier it is important to get one that can handle the humidity in your basement.

  • If you have a big basement consider buying a big dehumidifier, for if you buy a small one, it won't function as effectively.
  • You can size your dehumidifier in terms of the pints of moisture you want removed.
  • How much of moisture elimination you require depends on the total size of the basement and the wetness. Ratings of 30, 40, and 50 refer to the total pints of water that the dehumidifier can remove in a day.

If you want to accurately determine the humidity in your basement, it is best that you get yourself a hygrometer. A hygrometer is a contraption which is used to measure the amount of humidity in the surrounding atmosphere.

One of the most important uses for a hygrometer is monitoring humidity levels in storage places, industrial plants, and laboratories etc.

Specialized Features of a Good Dehumidifier

ad 250 bucket l 300Adjustable Humidistat:

A humidistat helps you to control the level of moisture.

Dehumidifiers with Built in Hygrometers:

A built in hygrometer helps to determine the humidity level in the basement. This feature significantly aids you in reading the condensation levels in your basement so that you can accurately adjust the humidistat.

Auto Shut Off:

If you want to save money and reduce carbon emission, select a dehumidifier which has an automatic shut off feature when the task is done.

Automatic Defrost:

Excessive usage of a dehumidifier can cause frost building on the compressor coils. An auto defrost feature helps to keep the fan running until the frost completely melts.

Continuous Drainage:

The continuous drainage feature helps in getting rid of excess water, and you don't have to do the grunt work of emptying the condensation tank all the time. All you have to do is attach the drainage hose for the water to drain out itself.

Full Tank Indicator:

This feature indicates when the condensation tank is full. Upon being full the machine turns itself off.

Portability Factor:

Always select a dehumidifier which is less bulky and portable so that you don't experience a lot of pain and frustration in moving the thing around the house.

Conclusion

If you want a fresh smelling basement (and one that is also free of mould and dampness) it is imperative that you invest in good dehumidifiers. Plus, they help cleanse the dusty particles and the condensation which particularly is dangerous for people who have allergies.

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