Winter is the time when humidity becomes a highly critical issue. Unlike the summer times, windows and all the sources of natural air circulation in the house remain closed.
It traps the moisture and humidity levels start to increase. Things get even worse when there are more people in the house, the humidity can exceed the safe humidity levels.
However, many people fail to realize that their basement needs dehumidification in the winter. Because, humidity in the air can often trigger allergens, making the basement an uncomfortable place to be.
A professional dehumidifier can help reduce the humidity and make the basement a more comfortable space.
Why Basements Are So Humid During the Winter
Your basement is the place that gets the least sunlight. Moreover, the basement also lacks ventilation. If that wasn’t enough, snow and fog bring in additional moisture that can overwhelmingly moisten up your basement and upper floors. As a result, especially during the wet and winter times, you may notice a sharp increase in moisture levels in the basement, which is why your basement seems a bit too shabby during the winter.
What are the Consequences of Increased Moisture Buildup?
The effects of increased moisture are numerous, from mold growth to structural damage, and respiratory issues. Here are some of the common issues you may witness:
- Growth of mold and mildew
- A feeling of dampness and shabby floors
- Increased odors
- Peeling paint on the walls
- Growth of dust dust mites
- Condensation build-up
- Frost build-up on basement surface
- Structural damage to the building due to rot
How Does Dehumidiciation Help All Solve All the Issues
Dehumidifiers work by removing excess humidity from an area using a fan or series of fans attached to a heating element that’s designed to remove water vapor from the air as it passes through them. They also draw air through filters that remove any particulate matter (such as dust particles) before releasing it back into your home’s environment without releasing any excess amounts of moisture.
If you’re having one or more issues mentioned above, it’s time you should bring in a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will:
- Reduce the excess moisture
- Minimize condensation
- Limit the growth of dust mites, mold, and mildew
- Stops rotting (it doesn’t completely reverse damage from rotting though)
- Removes shabby feeling on the floor
- Minimizes the peeling of paint and cracked paint
Pick the Right Type of Dehumidifier for Your Needs
There are many different types of dehumidifiers available on the market. If you want to get the desired performance from your device you must choose the one that is right for your needs.
Here is a list of different types of dehumidifiers and what they’re good at:
Refrigerator-Style Dehumidifiers are large, heavy-duty units that have a compressor and an automatic defrost system. They are ideal for homes with larger spaces or where multiple people will be using them.
However, refrigerant dehumidifiers may not be ideal, especially if you’re using them in colder climates. It works by cooling the air which makes these sorts of dehumidifiers incapable of operating in sub-zero temperatures.
The desiccant dehumidifier uses desiccant materials to reduce the moisture in the air. If you live in a region where freezing temperatures are common, a desiccant dehumidifier would be the best option to go ahead with.
Portable Dehumidifiers have a smaller footprint than refrigerator-style units, so they can be moved around easily. They are also lightweight and easy to carry around when you need to use them in rooms that are not quite as large as your home’s entire space.
Mini Dehumidifiers offer a smaller capacity than regular-sized models, meaning that they can only handle small spaces. These units may not be suitable for homes with huge spaces or multiple people living in the same home at one time (they’re not really portable after all).
Whole House Dehumidifier
Whole House dehumidifiers are used to control humidity issues for the entire house or large office spaces. They’re incredibly large in size and cannot be moved from one place to another easily.
How AlorAir HDi90 Can Help Your Basement in the Winter
HDi90 would be a reliable option if you’re struggling with winter moisture. Here are some reasons why this would be a good pick for you:
Built for Operating in Low-Temperature Levels
Frost on the coils during the harsh winters is a common phenomenon in average dehumidifiers. However, this dehumidifier comes with a unique ‘Auto Defrost’ technology.
As a result, it can operate in extremely low-temperature levels (as low as 36 degrees Fahrenheit) without any frost build-up, making it an ideal device for winter times.
Winter Friendly Energy Management
If your basement or office space is shabby and damp throughout the day due to extreme cold, snow, or foggy climate, you’d have to keep the dehumidifier running all day long. And this puts a dent into your purse by raising the electricity bills.
The good thing about the HDi90 is that it’s an Energy Star-certified device. As a result, the energy consumption would be minimized despite the continuous operation. It will reduce your spending on electricity down to a certain degree.
Protects Against Structural Damage in the Winter
One of the most impressive features of this dehumidifier is its capacity to preserve your property from structural damage which occurs during the tremendously humid winter times.
The increased moisture in the air due to snow or fog would be absorbed by its’ strong 90-pint dehumidification capabilities.
You may leave this cost-effective device running all day to prevent excess moisture from destroying your home’s foundation and structure.
Built for Harsh Environments
If you’re living in a region with a harsh environment like extreme cold, going for the HDi90 can be a good move. It’s an ETL-certified device. This means it should hold out against rugged conditions better.
MERV – 8 Filter for Extended Life
It also has an exceptionally advanced MERV 8 filter technology. You may have to run your dehumidifier a bit too much during the winter which will cause it to absorb a large amount of dust and debris as well.
However, the MERV 8 filter technology will filter all these particles keeping the internal parts working longer.
It also comes with automated condensate pump drainage so you won’t have to manually clean the tank and rare earth alloy tube evaporator technology which protects from freon leakage and increase coil life. Last but not least, the added portability from the handles and additional foot pads will let you move it to the highly affected areas with ease.
Winters are always challenging. And it gets even more so for those who have shabby basements. If the basement remains moist and damp for a long time, it certainly runs the risk of structural damage and may jeopardize your life and the lives of your loved ones.
That’s why we’d recommend you get your building checked by a certified specialist who can assess the situation.
If your building hasn’t sustained a great deal of structural damage yet, it’s time you should bring in a reliable dehumidifier device to minimize issues in the future.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your device today and keep your home protected from humidity damage right now!