Even if your basement doesn’t get flooded after it rains, it still may be damp. When there’s too much moisture in the air in your home, you can feel it and smell it. A moisture problem in the basement can make the air both downstairs and upstairs feel damp and smell musty. That’s when we recommend a dehumidifier.
While a dehumidifier cannot be used to solve issues of standing water and ground water penetration, it is nevertheless an important part of having a healthy environment. Dehumidifiers draw water from the air and below grade structures, such as your basement, that are always subject to high relative humidity. However, it’s important to choose the right model. A dehumidifier that’s too small will run non-stop and the humidity will still be too high. In addition, a small dehumidifier costs about 6 to 10 cents per hour to run, and that can add up to as much as $500 per year in a humid basement. Buying a larger, more efficient dehumidifier will cost more initially, but in the long run it will save you money by performing the task it is intended to do, and make your home more comfortable.