How to Dehumidify Your Home and Basement

If you live in Rhode Island or Massachusetts, you know that the weather can get quite humid and sticky. Having a home located near water may mean that you’ll have to dehumidify your house even more

Humidity in the Air

Moisture gets into the air of your home, creating humidity. While water in the air is natural, too much can lead to trouble even in cooler winter weather. Excessive moisture in the basement or in your home can lead to things such as:

  • Feeling uncomfortable. If you live in a humid environment, you know how uncomfortable it can be when it’s humid. It’s not just about being uncomfortable, either. You can get sick from too much humidity.
  • Humidity in your home can lead to harmful mold and mildew. Trust us, you don’t want that.
  • It can damage wood or other finishes on your home. That can lead to more unneeded costs.
  • Wet spots can appear on your ceiling. A damaged ceiling is the last thing you want.

Other signs of too much humidity include a musty smell and moisture gathering on your windows.

The Ideal Amount of Humidity

There should be about 30 to 50 percent of humidity in your home, with lower end of that range applying to lower temperatures. Buy yourself a hygrometer or a wifi thermostat with one built in, and see if the levels are in that range. If it’s higher, it’s time to dehumidify.

How to Dehumidify

Now, we’ll tell you a few ways you can dehumidify a basement and the rest of your home.

Use a Portable Dehumidifier

A portable dehumidifier plugs in and helps to remove the moisture from the air. As the name implies, it’s small enough for you to carry around the home, and it’s good for people on a budget. Good units will usually cost you around $200 or so. Water is collected in a bucket attached to the unit that you empty periodically.

Try a Whole House Dehumidifier

While a portable dehumidifier is a good start, if it isn’t cutting it, a whole house dehumidifier will get the job done. It installs to your home and dehumidifies the entire area for you, running like a normal AC unit would. In fact, an air conditioner dehumidifies as well so you won’t need both – at least not in the hot summer months. Talk to a professional about getting a central dehumidifier for your home.

Seal Up Your Home

If you do not have the budget to buy a dehumidifier, try some sealant or weatherstripping. Keeping moisture out is an effective, and inexpensive, way to go about dehumidifying. Look around your basement and home. Are there any cracks, openings, and other areas water can get in? Seal it using some common weather sealant found at any hardware store.

Try Waterproofing Compounds

Basement made of concrete? A waterproofing compound is a coat you can apply to the walls and the ceiling. It will keep water off the walls and allow it to be as dry as possible.

Improve Air Flow

Using a fan and air conditioner keeps the air moving, and prevents the room from accumulating moisture. While running an AC too much can increase the electric bill, a portable fan can help.

Call a Professional!

In some instances, dehumidifying your home is a simple task. However, if you’ve tried everything  your home still suffers from too much moisture, getting an opinion from a certified professional may be your best bet. They can find the cause of all that moisture and help you to dehumidify your home most effectively. They can also explain to you what level of moisture is optimal.

Before temperatures get too humid – and they will – take the proper steps to stay ahead today. You’ll be surprised at just how much of a difference it will make.