In the hottest months of the year, Nashville-area residents know the sticky, heavy feeling of too much humidity. We use air conditioning to pull it out of the air and improve comfort. At Copeland and Son, we find many people are unaware too much humidity can be a problem year round in homes with a basement or crawlspace, places prone to higher levels of moisture.
When moisture meets naturally-cooler low level surfaces, it invites condensation and the formation of mold, mildew, bacteria, and dust mites. Musty odors result when spores and other particulates enter the air.
Given that 50% of the air in your basement or crawlspace is drawn up into your upper living levels, what happens there will affect the air quality in your whole home. Family members with allergies will be most sensitive to a problem that may be, literally, growing in your lowest level.
Beyond concern about the air your family is breathing, mold and mildew can damage furniture and anything you may have stored in your basement or crawlspace. Even the structure of your home can be damaged if the problem remains undetected long enough. That’s an expensive fix.
A dehumidifier can help keep your basement moisture in check along with the organics that thrive on it. Copeland and Son can visit your home to discuss options about where and how to install a dehumidifier and answer any questions you may have. For most homes, installing a dehumidifier is a one-and-done solution to these moisture problems.