The best basement dehumidifier to reduce moisture in your home isn’t a dehumidifier at all, but a basement ventilation system. Surprised? Many homeowners don’t realize that basement ventilation systems provide more than moisture control when compared to basement dehumidifiers.
Advantages of Basement Ventilation Systems Over Basement Dehumidifiers
Basements are notoriously damp spaces, and most homeowners are familiar with the resulting mold and musty odor that can make the space useless. In fact, more than half of all homeowners report moisture problems in their basements. More than just a nuisance, damp basements can cause a variety of problems, including damage to the structure of your home and poor indoor air quality that can lead to serious health problems. That’s why it’s so important to consider your options for addressing basement moisture.
While basement ventilation systems and basement dehumidifiers both reduce moisture, a basement ventilation system offers several benefits that can help make your whole house healthier and more comfortable:
Mold and fungi thrive in damp spaces and cause of that familiar musty smell. Basement dehumidifiers provide no air exchange – they simply recirculate the same stale air – so they’ll never get rid of the odor. Basement ventilation systems, on the other hand, reduce moisture, expel stagnant air, and circulate fresher, odor-free air.
Improved Air Quality
The quality of the air we breathe is critical to our health. Indoor air can include mold, dust mites, and air pollutants, like radon and carbon monoxide, at levels significantly higher than outdoor levels. While not healthy for anyone, these pollutants can exacerbate symptoms in people with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions. Ventilation systems expel polluted air and replace it with fresher, healthier air, resulting in improved indoor air quality not just in your basement, but in your entire home.
Lower Energy Costs
A ventilation system costs approximately $3 per month in energy consumption to operate, while a dehumidifier can cost at much as $90 per month. That means a ventilation system can save you over $700 a year in energy consumption. In addition, it’s easier to heat and cool dry air, so your HVAC system will work more efficiently when combined with a ventilation system, saving you even more money.
Easy to Maintain
If you’ve ever had to empty the bucket from a basement dehumidifier, then you know how inconvenient dehumidifiers can be. In contrast, basement ventilation systems require almost no maintenance, so you can rest assured that your home with stay dry and fresh all year long.
WAVE Home Solutions Basement Ventilation Systems
A basement ventilation system controls moisture in your basement to make your entire home healthier and more comfortable. WAVE Home Solutions offers a variety of basement ventilation systems to meet the needs of every homeowner.