One of the biggest problems any basement can face is humidity. Too much moisture in the air can lead to mold, rust, paint damage, or carpet damage. New paint or carpets can easily cost hundreds of dollars, and more serious damage can end up costing thousands of dollars to repair. In fact, having too much humidity in the basement can even be dangerous for one’s health. Mold can trigger allergies or cause other health problems. Even the infamous black mold can form in extremely wet basements. Luckily there is a solution for humid basements, something that can stop the damage before it even happens: home dehumidifiers.
Dehumidifiers help to remove moisture from the air. Most dehumidifiers essentially suck out the moisture using fans and refrigerant coils. The moisture in the air condenses onto the coils, making the basement much less humid. There are different sized dehumidifiers for larger and smaller basements. So no matter how big your basement is, you’ll be able to find a humidifier that can do the job.
Some dehumidifiers will require that you manually empty the water from the machine. Such dehumidifiers will store the water they collect in a container that then has to be dumped out by a person. Other dehumidifiers can connect directly to a house’s water drainage system, meaning they don’t have to be emptied manually. Whether or not you want a self-draining dehumidifier is up to you, but they can save a lot of time, and they can be more effective since they won’t fill up and stop working like normal dehumidifiers should you forget to drain them.
With all these options, it’s important to get the right type of dehumidifier to match the room. If you use the right type, dehumidifiers can do their job well and require very little maintenance. Dehumidifiers can be pricey, but they can end up saving thousands in damages and keep your home clean and healthy.