Why Air Movement Is Important in crawl space and basement
Air movement is a very important factor in controlling the humidity levels in the home. Air movement causes the stack effect in the house that allows air to circulate the house from the lower level like the crawl space to the upper floor.
Air movement can allow moisture to circulate in all rooms. This means mold spore can easily move from the crawl space to other rooms this leads to growing mold all over the house. This can also spread odor from the crawl space to the house.
Why is air movement important when buying a crawl space dehumidifier?
One of the most important feature to consider when buying a crawl space dehumidifier is the airflow volume of the dehumidifier.
The amount of air the crawl space dehumidifier is able to process in a certain period is the airflow volume. It measured in cubic feet per minute(CFM). This is an important factor because the crawl space dehumidifier is only able to extract moist from the air it is able to collect from the space.
This makes the air movement in the crawl space a big challenge. Most freestanding crawl space dehumidifiers tend to keep on recirculating the air that is immediately around the dehumidifier. This creates a zone of warm and lower humidity air. This will make the crawl space dehumidifier completely ineffective to control the humidity levels in the space.
The main reasons to buy a BaseAire dehumidifier is :
- Prevent condensation in the crawl space, by ensuring the temperatures in the space remain constant in all corners. If the temperatures in the crawl space are able to remain uniform less energy will be consumed by the dehumidifier.
- The dehumidifier should extra all the excess moisture in the crawl space to protect the structural integrity of the foundation.
- A dehumidifier should be able to maintain the crawl space the moist level no matter the change in humidity level throughout different seasons. All rainwater or leaks should be completely neutralized so as not to cause any damage.
So how do you choose a crawl space Dehumidifier that will achieve all the functions?
- Determine the level of humidity in your crawl space and size of your crawl space.
- Determine the capacity of the crawl space you need. - The efficiency of any basement dehumidifier is not determined by its size, but by its capacity. Capacity refers to how many pints of water the basement dehumidifier is able to extract from the basement in 24 hours.
- Buy a crawl space dehumidifier with airflow volume need to completing lower the levels of humidity. Air changes per hour (ACH) refer to the number of times the air should cycle through the dehumidifier to decrease the level of humidity in the room.
The recommended ACH levels according to the humidity level are:
- 60 – 70 %( damp air) – This is the normal humidity level in most crawl spaces and basements. The ACH = 3
- 70-80 %( very damp air) – The room has visible moisture drains on the floor and walls. The ACH = 4
- 80 – 90% (Wet air) – Visible wet spots on the walls and floor. The ACH = 5
- 90-100 %( Very wet air) – Puddles of water can be seen clearly on the floor. The ACH = 6
On most dehumidifiers, you find their Air changes per hour (ACH) values clearly indicated.
Note: it is important to ensure your basement or crawl space is tightly air sealed to ensure moist outside air does not end up in the basement.
Why should buy a BaseAire crawl space dehumidifier?
- a BaseAire dehumidifier is built in a new state of the art design that allows multi-exit for the air for the dehumidifier, hence they create a force that allows air circulation in the crawl space.
- Minimal noise. – our crawl space does produce noise from the compressor and fan when on, but it is considerably less noisy compared to another dehumidifier in the market.
- Energy star rated – all over crawl space dehumidifiers are energy star rate, meaning there are able to extract more moisture from the crawlspace while consuming less power.
- 5 years warranty on all our dehumidifiers.
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Control the humidity levels anywhere inside your home with BaseAire products.
Whether you're located in the Atlantic coastline states, the central states, or the Pacific coastline states, humidity remains an important factor in our daily lives.
The humidity levels change throughout the year depending on different seasons changing. You will never see the increase in humidity, but you will feel it.
Most warm regions, especially along the coastline, are known to have high moisture and humidity levels.
High humidity is not only the biggest threat to the structural integrity of your home, but it can also affect your household belongings and physical health.
At BaseAire, we show our dedication to helping you control the humidity level in your home and commercial workplace by offering a variety of dehumidifiers, different in:
- Airflow capabilities
Our specifically designed dehumidifiers will:
- Decrease the humidity level to below 50%
- Eradicate mold, mildew, and dust mite infestation
- Cleanse the indoor air of any mold spores, odor, and other impurities
- Reduce allergy triggers
The effects of high humidity:
i. High humidity levels in your home will make it feel warmer and stuffier.
ii. Increased humidity will make your home the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and dust mite growth! Known as some of the most common allergy triggers, this can cause health issues.
iii. Skin allergies.
iv. Wood warping – since wood can absorb some of the excess moisture, this makes the wood warp, causing wooden floors to feel uneven as well as wooden doors and windows not closing properly.
v. Appliance failure – in your home, if the excess moisture can condense inside the appliances, this can cause fluid damage to said appliances.
vi. Wallpaper and paint will peel within a space with excess humidity.
vii. Wood rot – wet wood provides the perfect place for fungi growth which causes the wood to rot at an accelerated rate.
Repairing the appliances or replacing the rotting wood can be expensive for many homeowners, hence the importance of a BaseAire dehumidifier.
Common signs of high humidity in the house:
You can easily determine the humidity levels of your home using a hygrometer. But if you do not have access to one, here are some of the signs that show the presence of high humidity in your home:
- Constant reoccurring condensation on window planes and glass doors, especially in the morning.
- Water spots on the walls and ceiling.
- Black mold growth on the walls or ceiling.
In heavily moisturized spaces, like the basement, you will see condensed water on the walls or floor.
How does a dehumidifier work?
Dehumidifiers are electric appliances that extract excess humidity from the air.
We designed our dehumidifiers to pull the air from the house into the unit where it then passes over a series of coolant coils that condense the excess moisture. This removes odor, mold spores, and other impurities from the air. The unit then collects condensed water in a collection tray or pumped out of the unit depending on the model of BaseAire dehumidifier you buy.
The air is then warmed up and pumped out of the dehumidifier back into the room. This process repeats until the relative humidity level of the space lowers below the set level.
Why should you invest in a BaseAire dehumidifier today?
We have a wide variety of dehumidifiers designed for residential and commercial use. Our engineers have gone a step further, designing need-specific dehumidifiers for the basement, crawlspace, garage, office, and storage room. BaseAire dehumidifiers will lower the humidity levels in your home, making it impossible for harmful allergens like mold, mildew, and dust mites to grow. So, if a customer needs a humidity issue in their home fixed, our dehumidifiers will exceed their expectations. Improve your indoor air quality today! Speak to us about your humidity issues and our water damage & restoration experts will help pick the right dehumidifier for you