How To Reduce The Condensation In Your Basement

Posted on: 3 June 2015


If your basement has a lot of moisture and condensation, it is at risk of developing mold and a mildew odor. It is important that you reduce the condensation as much as possible in order to prevent these things from happening. Here are some tips for reducing condensation and extra moisture.

Improve the Insulation in Your Basement

The first thing you should do if you are trying to reduce condensation and moisture in your basement is to insulate it better. If you aren't sure how effective your insulation is, you can have it inspected. The contractor will let you know if there are any other steps to take to improve the insulation. Your basement must be properly insulated since humid air can collect near any cold water pipes you have. This area, the floors, ceiling, and walls of the basement should all be insulated.

Ventilate Your Basement

Not only should your basement be well insulated, but it also needs to be ventilated. If you don't have a lot of windows that provide natural ventilation, you may need to install an exhaust fan. This can help take all the hot air from your basement and expel it outdoors. It also pulls in fresh air from outside and fill your basement, both of which can help to reduce the moisture and condensation.

Have an Air Conditioner Installed

Not only do you need to have an HVAC unit in your home, but in the basement as well. Many people forget to add an air conditioner in this part of their home and then end up with mildew due to the excessive condensation. If you have a central air conditioning system in your home, add vents and ductwork that allows you to get cold air in your basement. The air conditioner can dry out the extra moisture and help to lower the humidity.

Get a Dehumidifier

In terms of appliances for your basement, a dehumidifier is one of the best ones to get. While a little pricey, the investment is well worth it. While they won't completely get rid of the condensation, they can at least lower the humidity level and reduce how much moisture collects in your basement. Combine the dehumidifier with an air conditioner, better insulation and ventilation, and you should be getting rid of most or all the condensation.

Make sure you contact a professional HVAC contractor, like the ones at Air Conditioning & Heating Inc, who can tell you what needs to be done in order to reduce condensation and moisture. This gives you a good place to start with improvements.