Indoor Air Quality
It isn’t uncommon to hear home owners complain about the moisture problems they are experiencing in their basements. Basement moisture plays an important role in determining indoor air quality. Moisture encourages the growth of mold and pest infestation. This leads to contamination of air circulating in the home. It is therefore important to ensure that you keep moisture levels in basements in check.
Sources of Moisture in the Basement
Basement moisture can come from various sources. These include:
These include leaking pipes and plumbing. Many appliances also have their service pipes running through the basement. These can increase basement moisture if not properly insulated.
Cracks in walls or floors allow water from surrounding soil to penetrate into the basement causing a moisture problem.
If your lawn is not properly graded, water will flow toward your foundation. The pooling of water around your foundation will result in water seepage and cause a moisture problem.
Heavy rainfall can result in flooding of the basement. Poorly maintained gutters and downspouts can cause further problems by allowing runoff to collect near your foundation.
- Household activities
Various household activities that generate steam and moisture such as doing the laundry or taking a bath can increase moisture levels if ventilation in the home is inadequate.
Why your dehumidifier isn’t the best choice
When we’re plagued with basement moisture, our first reaction is to invest in a traditional dehumidifier. While a dehumidifier will help to control moisture levels in your basement, it isn’t the best choice if you’re concerned about indoor air quality. There are many problems with dehumidifiers:
- They only get rid of moisture
Dehumidifiers will only help you in extracting moisture from the air. They will not help you get rid of contaminants that pose a health risk such as mold spores. You’ll still be at risk of exposure to contaminants even with a dehumidifier in place.
- They consume a lot of energy
It takes a lot of energy to remove moisture from the air. The average dehumidifier uses an average of 450 watts of energy. Prepare to pay a higher electric bill.
- They require regular maintenance
Are you prepared to empty buckets of water regularly? What about ensuring that the dehumidifier is working efficiently? Dehumidifiers can be a lot of work.
- There will be a smell
Dehumidifiers don’t get rid of stale air you can therefore expect to still have stale air in your home.
Invest instead in a solution that gets rid of moisture, stale air and contaminants from the air by exhausting them outdoors. EZ Breathe gets rid of stale and contaminated air and replaces it with fresh air from the outdoors therefore improving indoor air quality.