The basement is certainly one part of the house that needs extra ventilation. Basements are prone to humidity problems when the coolness coming from the ground mixes with the high temperature coming from the house. Most basements are poorly ventilated, thus giving rise to problems such as excess moisture, mold and mildew and unpleasant odors. Basements are also prone to air pollutants such as radon, carbon monoxide and combustion gases.

When not addressed immediately, this would mean expensive repairs and health problems for your family. Don’t wait until the last minute. Here are some of the ways you can keep your basement properly ventilated starting today.

  1. Use natural ventilation.

Having windows in your basement is great for reducing moisture. Windows enable better airflow and let in heat and sunlight. However, you have to make sure that you open your windows during a good weather and close them during a rainy day. However, you have to close your windows at night to prevent intruders from using your basement as an entry point.

  1. Install exhaust fans.

Exhaust fans blow stale, basement air out and help outside air flow into the basement. This is a cheap and easy way to make sure that your basement stays dry and well-ventilated. You can also install ceiling fans to promote air movement.

  1. Put a dehumidifier.

A dehumidifier is an appliance that helps absorb the excess moisture in the air and transfers it to a collection tank. There are different kinds and sizes of dehumidifiers that you can use depending on the size of your basement. There are also self draining humidifiers, so you do not have to manually drain the collection tank or tray.

  1. Don’t dry clothes in your basement.

The basement is often used as a drying area for clothes. However, this practice can contribute to the moisture and humidity in your basement. It is still best practice to dry your clothes outdoors and under direct sunlight.

  1. Repair leaks immediately.

Leaks in your basement are another source of humidity. To avoid further damage, identify the source of leak, dry up the area and address the problem immediately.

  1. Install air conditioning system.

An air conditioner not only helps cool the air in your basement; more importantly, it helps dry the air too. An air conditioning system also helps filter air and prevents the growth of molds.

By following these ways to ventilate your basement, you save your family from sickness and spare yourself from spending money on costly repairs.

Written by APM Construction Services, a construction and home maintenance company that is the best choice for heating and cooling in Columbia, MO.