Where is the Humidity Coming From in Your Basement?

High humidity levels in basements are often the result of water vapor infiltraUnfinished Basementtion through the foundation walls and the floor, and also from condensation from warmer air against cool surfaces. Because basement walls are in contact with the soil that remains at a constant temperature of 60 degrees or less, basement walls and floors tend to remain cool. Most basements will experience excessive dampness and musty odors in the shoulder seasons due to the rainfall and cool temperatures.  One of the most effective ways to control dampness and odors due to high humidity in basements is by using a dehumidifier.

Santa Fe high-capacity dehumidifiers are the most energy-efficient on the market and are designed to effectively remove excess moisture due to water vapor infiltration. Why is this important?  According to ENERGY STAR website, an ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifier removes the same amount of moisture as a similarly sized conventional unit, but uses 15% less energy. In fact, the annual energy saved by an ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifier could power your ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator for 4 months!

The units will also help maintain the structural integrity of your home, minimize mold growth, and improve the indoor air quality of the overall home by removing odor-causing moisture.

Other Causes of Excess Moisture in Basements

  • small-rain-downspout-gutter-3642961-hMissing, broken or poorly installed gutters or downspouts
  • Poor grading around the foundation of the house that causes water to drain toward the     house rather than away
  • Clothes dryer and bathrooms not properly ventilated
  • Leaky windows
  • Cracks in the foundation or floors
  • Sump pump failures

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