Basements are known for three things: cooler temperatures, darker spaces, and higher humidity levels. Since they sit below ground, they often become damp and dank, especially if you don’t make the effort to reduce moisture in the air. If you have a basement in your Allentown, Pennsylvania, home, follow these steps to keep humidity under control.
Repair Any Cracks or Leaks to Decrease Humidity
Increased basement moistsure can come from water leaks or cracks in the foundation that allow water to pool on the floor or build up in the walls. Additionally, exposed pipes can develop condensation, which eventually evaporates and increases humidity levels. These issues can result in poor indoor air quality, or IAQ, and make spending time in the basement unbearable.
Install a Dehumidifier
Sometimes you have to tackle the problem with an appliance that’s designed to reduce humidity throughout your home. A whole-home dehumidifier extracts moisture from the air so you can breathe easier and feel more comfortable. Since high humidity levels make you feel colder in the winter and hotter in the summer, you’ll thank yourself for this investment.
Dehumidifiers work in concert with your HVAC system to maintain optimum moisture levels. You don’t want to remove moisture entirely because extremely dry air can cause respiratory issues, dry skin, dry and itchy eyes, sore sinuses, and other health problems. Since a dehumidifier works on its own without user intervention, you don’t have to worry about your basement’s humidity levels once we’ve installed the dehumidifier.
Get Your HVAC System Inspected
If your air conditioner isn’t running efficiently or if other HVAC components have more wear and tear than they should, you might need to repair or replace them. We like to inspect our customers’ homes twice a year, in the spring and fall, to make sure all appliances are running smoothly.
If you’re concerned about humidity levels in your basement, we offer plenty of IAQ services to help you achieve optimum comfort. Call Sullivan Oil & Propane at (610) 810-3992 to schedule an appointment.
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