Basement dehumidification is an important process in protecting your home from problems that are caused by moisture as well as helping to regulate the temperature in your home. Moisture in the home can lead to many problems that are not always easy to recognize but left unchecked can have serious financial and health consequences.
Basement dehumidification, particularly when using units that are adequate to dehumidify your entire home can be a great way to minimize the potential for damage while also keeping your basement, which is particularly vulnerable to moisture related problems dry and moisture free.
Why Use a Basement Dehumidifier?
The first and most obvious reason for basement dehumidification is to eliminate moisture in the basement. This is particularly true if you have problems associated with leaks or seepage when the ground around your home becomes saturated. This is a common problem in basements and dehumidifiers work wonders in limiting the effects of this and other problems that could potentially arise as a result of added moisture. Dehumidifiers are also well known for helping to raise the temperature in the air of the basement. While this effect is minimal at best, it could help reduce the costs of heating your home.
Some people are making even wiser decisions when it comes to basement dehumidification and opting to purchase units that have the dual purpose of not only dehumidifying the basement but also of addressing the issue of air quality and air purity. Some of these machines will remove particles of air from the air that are smaller than one single mold spore. This alone will do much to improve the quality of the air in your home.
If you store anything in your basement that is of value to you and anyone in your family, you need a basement dehumidification unit. The reason you need this is to prevent mildew growth from forming on your valuable possessions by keeping them dry, you can keep them from facing certain ruin and increase their life span greatly.
Things to Look for in a Basement Dehumidifier
I am all on board for basement dehumidification I am not however interested in carrying several buckets of water that have been removed from the air in my basement up and down the stairs each and every day. For me, the decision to choose a dehumidification unit that drains into my basements drain rather than requiring the emptying of buckets was a no brainer. Others may want the exercise or prefer the price on units that require more attention and effort.
The next thing to seek in your basement dehumidification unit is the size. Your unit needs to be an adequate size for the space you wish to keep dry. If it is too small, it will not work effectively to keep the moisture out of the basement. If you have a unit that needs to be emptied, you will find that it shuts off without necessarily letting you know. The time that it is shut off is time that it is not working and will not be removing water from the air in your basement (yet another reason to purchase one that is self draining).
No matter what type of basement dehumidification you decide to use in your home it is very important that you at the very least choose one that is of adequate size and scope to suit your specific moisture removal needs. If you can afford one of the units that offers air filtration in addition to moisture removal I highly recommend this unit in order to improve the overall health of your family.