How To Improve Ventilation in Your Basement


In most homes that have a basement, it is often the darkest and most humid part of the house. This is because ventilation is not always a priority and thus many people ignore it altogether. If your basement houses your washer, drier, or boiler, you might think being so humid is natural. That is not true and the best way to rectify this is to improve the ventilation in your basement or the underground room. Here are a few ways of doing so.

Use Natural Methods

If you have a window in your basement, this is the cheapest option for ventilating your basement. All you have to do is open a window to allow air in. When you do so, this incoming air will push the air inside the basement out through the various open spaces in there.

For basements that have windows on opposite sides, opening these windows can help air circulate faster, leading to better results. Ensure you open your windows for at least half of the day and close them at night.

If you do not have windows installed and wish to do so, ensure they are high enough that they will not be affected by floodwater, are in a position where they are easy to open and close and are protected from weather elements like rain.

Mechanical Ventilation Options

In many cases, natural ventilation options will not work especially if you cannot get enough air into and out of your basement. The good news is that you can install humidity sensors, but they are expensive just like your plants.

The first opinion to consider is a forced-air system. This system draws air from outside the basement, passes it through a filter, and then heats it before it enters the basement. When the air is warmer, it holds less moisture while also carrying moisture upwards through convection. This leads to a drier basement that is also well ventilated.

The second option is exhaust fans. They work similarly to the ones you find in bathrooms and kitchens. They work by removing air from the basement, creating a partial vacuum, which then pulls in air from outside. In some cases, you can use fans so that one acts as the ventilation and the other acts as an exhaust for a balanced system.

To ensure you get the right mechanical ventilation system, you can talk to the experts at BPC at www.BPCVentilation.ie who will advise you on the best system to use and even install it for you at an affordable fee.

An Alternative Option

For those who do not wish to open windows, cut the walls for new ones, or install a mechanical system, there are some alternative options. The best one is a fan. This fan will circulate air from your basement into the rest of your home if you leave the door open. Your main ventilation system will take care of the rest.

A humid basement not only makes it uncomfortable, but also introduces other issues such as mould and mildew. This is why it is important to explore the options discussed above to ensure it is as humid-free as possible.

Sandra Ruiz
With a Master's in Environmental Design from Yale University, Sandra Ruiz has dedicated 15 years to reshaping living spaces. Her career started in urban planning, then transitioned to home renovation, where she has left a mark. Sandra became part of our team in 2020, quickly establishing herself with her innovative approaches to space utilization and energy efficiency. She is passionate about hiking, often drawing inspiration from nature for her designs. Her approach seamlessly blends practicality with aesthetic appeal, making her a go-to expert for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike.

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