Did you know that a damp, musty basement is costing you money each and every day? While it may be tempting to forget about it down there at the bottom of the house, basement air ventilation is one of the most important concerns to keep in mind for homeowners. Here’s why.
How Humid Basements Cost You Money
When it comes to the phrase “musty basement,” you may think, “well sure, that’s what basements are!” However, a musty basement is actually a sign that too much humidity is present in the air. Far from being a harmless hallmark of basement rooms, that musty scent comes from mold, mildew and other microorganisms that thrive in moisture-laden environments, even when you can’t see that moisture with your own eyes.
Mold and mildew can lead to a variety of health problems, especially where mold spores are concerned. Even worse, the presence of mold and mildew is a sure indication that the structure of your home itself could be at risk, as damp wood will start rotting before too long and sealed joints will deteriorate.
Humid Basements and High Heating and Cooling Bills
While all of the problems mentioned so far usually only hit your wallet once a repair or cleaning is necessary, the biggest problem with poor basement ventilation is one that’s costing you money every minute of the day: climate control.
Humidity’s impact on your heating and cooling bills is all tied to the simple fact that air with more moisture is harder to heat and cool than air with less moisture. Though you may not be able to see it, humid air is literally brimming with microscopic droplets of water. Since water is so much denser than air, it takes more energy to heat and cool. That energy costs you money, and will eventually cost you time if it leads to overworked heating and cooling systems that need frequent maintenance.