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How to Dehumidify a Basement Without the Use of a Dehumidifier

Don't have a dehumidifier? No problem.

Moisture level in the atmosphere of your house may be different from the outside atmosphere. If you live in a place that experiences heavy humidity most times of the year, you may find that you may require to use a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture content inside your house. It is needless to say that high humidity may give rise to multiple problems. It may be the sole factor behind the growth of mold and mildew, which can play havoc with the different things at home. If left to grow, mold and mildew can easily damage your upholstery, the wooden furniture at home, and also the walls of your rooms. It may also give rise to various breathing issues that can get severe with time.

Why would I use a dehumidifier?

Most of you may ask why use a dehumidifier at home. This is a device that effectively gets rid of excess moisture from the air inside your house and thus, avoid the growth of mold and mildew. As a result of this, you can also prevent your furniture and walls from getting damaged. Mold is a kind of fungus that gives out a musty smell, which can give rise to breathing issues such as asthma in people. There are various types of dehumidifiers available in the market based on their capacity of removing moisture from the air. You need to choose the right one based on the size of the room where you wish to use it and also the amount of moisture level in the atmosphere of that particular room.

Ways to Dehumidify Without Using a Dehumidifier

If you do not wish to waste your money on a dehumidifier, there are still ways for you to dehumidify your rooms without using such a device. Some of these ways have been discussed below for your knowledge.

Improve the air flow.

If the air in a room is not allowed to circulate as it should, the moisture level in the room will remain high and cause various problems in the long run. You may start off by running a fan in the room in order to reduce the dampness in the air. This will eventually reduce water vapor. You may use an exhaust fan for best results. You may also keep the windows of a humid room open most of the time, provided the moisture level outside is lower than inside the room. Once the ventilation improves, it will eventually reduce the condensations on the windows and walls.

Absorb the moisture.

You may use desiccants for this purpose. Keep contains of it in a room with most moisture levels. Desiccant includes calcium chloride that helps to draw moisture out of the air in a room. You need to keep an eye on the container on a regular basis. If you notice that the water collected in the container is rising, you will have to empty it. You may also add more desiccant in the containers as and when needed.

Dry the air.

If it is possible for you, run a space heater or a wood stove in the room in question. It will gradually warm the air and get rid of excess humidity. However, you need to use a dry heat source. Gas heat will not work properly. Always make sure to turn the heat down or off just before the room temperature reaches 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This is simply because excess heat in a humid room can easily steam damage the different walls. You may also run a fan in the room while the heating process is going on to increase the dehumidifying process.

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