Keeping excess moisture out of the air in your basement is important if you want to prevent the growth of mold. However, you might not know what you can do to keep humidity down. Here are some things you can do to improve moisture and humidity control in your basement.
Avoid Relying Solely on Exhaust Fans
While you might use an exhaust fan in your bathrooms on the main floors of your home, an exhaust fan might not work as well in your basement, particularly if you have a humid one. For one thing, the surface area of your basement is probably much bigger than an individual restroom and one exhaust fan might not be as effective. If you are considering more than one exhaust fan, consider that too many fans in your basement might generate too much noise for anyone trying to enjoy the space.
Not only that, but on humid days an exhaust fan will pull humid air out of the basement, but any air that comes in from the rest of the house or outside will still be humid. To prevent excess moisture in the space, you might choose to use a dehumidifier that will remove excess moisture from the air on a regular basis and keep the air at the humidity level you set.
Do Not Use Carpet
You may have a finished basement and want it to look like the other rooms in your home; you might be planning to install wall-to-wall carpet down there. However, if you want to deter mold, consider using a floor covering other than carpet. Because mold can feed on organic matter such as insects, skin scales and even bits of paper, much of the debris and dust that settles into carpet fibers can serve to encourage the growth of mold in your basement.
In addition, spills can be a problem. When you spill something on a carpet, while you might clean the surface stain and dry the carpet as much as you can, there is still a chance that you won't be able to reach all the liquid. Any liquid left over could provide a dark breeding ground for mold that you might not notice until it comes to the surface of your carpet.
Now that you have some ideas for keeping your basement dry, take action by using the tips in this article. For more moisture and humidity control tips, get in touch with a professional HVAC contractor who can give you more suggestions.