A finished basement provides great insulation to help keep the temperature in the home consistent. However, there’s one complaint that many homeowners have with finished basements — the area doesn’t receive enough airflow, making the air in the basement more humid than the air in the living spaces upstairs. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to resolve this issue. Here are three of them:
Block out sunlight. If the basement in your home has windows, it’s best to prevent sunlight from streaming through the glass and warming up the space. A cost-effective solution to this issue is blackout curtains. Since these curtains are thick, they’ll not only block up to 90% of sunlight, they’ll also help mute outside noises and provide privacy better than other window treatments.
Dehumidify the air. Generally, basements are more humid than other living areas. Having excessively moist air can cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks. By installing a dehumidifier, you can easily alleviate this issue and have peace of mind knowing that your basement is safe to stay in. When the equipment takes the moisture out of the air, this also helps eliminate musty odors and prevent the growth of mildew.
Maintain air movement. The free flow of air is an essential factor in making a room feel cool and comfortable. When the air in your basement is stagnant, it can feel heavy and stale — and worse, air pollutants won’t be able to disperse and therefore can reach unhealthy levels. If your basement doesn’t have an HVAC system, consider relocating or installing HVAC equipment so that the area is heated and cooled like the rest of your home.
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