Dehumidifiers make all the difference in a basement environment – What capacity do you need?

Jul 08, 2014

This summer is turning into quite a damp, steamy and humid one in New England.  Are you noticing a damp humid feel to the air in your basement?

Did you know that based on the damp nature of a basement environment, basement humidity levels are commonly above 60%.  At Rescon Basement Solutions, dehumidification of the basement environment is one of our specialty basement solutions.

If high humidity is left untreated, these conditions will promote har/basement-waterproofing/basement-humidity-control/mful mold, mildew, and even bacteria growth. The growth of mold, mildew and bacteria will cause allergens, musty odors, dust mites and numerous other problems in your home.

Do you know what size capacity dehumidifier that you will need for your basement?  To ensure that your basement is dry and free from humidity, you will need to have a dehumidifier that is capable of efficiently scrubbing the environment of dampness/humidity.

Dehumidifier capacity is usually measured in pints per 24 hours and is determined by two factors: the size of the space that needs to be dehumidified and the conditions that exist in the space before dehumidification. You can use the chart below to estimate the capacity you may need and Call Us to provide you with a customized dehumidification system.

Condition without Dehumidification Area (Sq. Feet)
500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500
Moderately Damp (space feels damp and has musty odor only in humid weather) 10 14 18 22 26
Very Damp (space always feels damp and has musty odor. Damp spots show on walls and floor.) 12 17 22 27 32
Wet (space feels and smells wet. Walls or floor sweat, or seepage is present.) 14 20 26 32 38
Extremely Wet (laundry drying, wet floor, high load conditions.) 16 23 30 37 44

Source: Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)

According to Energy Star, the energy efficiency of a dehumidifier is measured by its energy factor, in liters of water removed per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy consumed or L/kWh. In general, a higher energy factor means a more efficient, less costly to operate dehumidifier.

The efficiency of the “Santa Fe Classic”, as well as other “Santa Fe” dehumidifiers consistently outperforms the competition by 2 to 1 when it comes to basement humidity control.  This is why we recommend only the Santa Fe brand of dehumidifier systems for your basement.  Give us a call and we’ll evaluate your basement and recommend the best dehumidifier for your basement environment.