How to Achieve Ideal Basement Humidity Levels in Winter

Nov 08, 2023

The winter temperatures bring dry air that can affect indoor humidity levels and seriously disrupt your basement’s comfort.

As the winter arrives, be sure that your home is prepared. In the latest blog post from Rescon Basement Solutions, we’ll discuss ways to help you achieve the ideal basement humidity levels this winter. Contact our team today to learn more or to schedule services in Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

What is the Ideal Basement Humidity Level in Winter?

Similar to the other seasons, the ideal indoor humidity level is between 30-50%. Maintaining ideal indoor humidity levels will ensure that the area remains comfortable and safe during the winter.

Keeping your basement within the ideal humidity range in winter can be a challenge, however, as the cold air is less capable of holding moisture, causing low indoor humidity levels. This can leave your family prone to dry, uncomfortable air that can lead to issues such as dry skin, respiratory discomfort, and even potential structural problems.

Thankfully, there are solutions you can implement in your basement that will keep it at comfortable humidity levels on even the coldest days of the year.

How to Keep Your Basement at Comfortable Humidity Levels in Winter

To maintain or improve basement humidity levels, consider solutions such as:

  1. Utilize a Hygrometer: Hygrometers are devices designed to monitor the humidity levels in a given area. Using this device will help you track your relative humidity levels so you can make any adjustments as needed.
  2. Install a Humidifier: If humidity levels are consistently too low, consider using a humidifier specifically designed for the basement. Be sure it’s sized correctly for your home and it’s set to an appropriate level, as excess humidity levels can promote mold growth and other problems.
  3. Improve Insulation: Ensure proper insulation in the basement to prevent cold, dry air from entering your home. Insulated walls can help retain moisture and keep outside air where it belongs.
  4. Seal Gaps and Cracks: Identify and seal any gaps, cracks, or leaks in the basement walls, floor, and around windows and doors to prevent dry air from entering.

By implementing these solutions, you can enjoy a comfortable, safe, and humidity-controlled basement throughout the winter months, preserving the structural integrity of your home and creating a healthier living space.

Other Ways to Protect Your Basement in the Winter Months

The winter months present challenges beyond humidity control. Consider taking the following steps to keep your basement safe this winter:

  1. Weatherstripping and Caulking: Apply weatherstripping and caulk to seal gaps around doors, windows, and utility penetrations to prevent cold drafts and moisture intrusion. Regularly inspect and reapply weatherstripping and caulking as needed to maintain an effective barrier against cold air and moisture.
  2. Sump Pump Installation, Maintenance and Repair: Snow melt and heavy rain during the winter can lead to an increased risk of basement flooding. Ensure your sump pump is installed, well-maintained, and ready for action. Regularly check the pump and its backup power source to avoid unpleasant surprises during storms or rapid snowmelt.
  3. Foundation Sealing: Seal any cracks in the basement’s foundation to prevent water seepage or moisture infiltration during thawing periods. This can further benefit your home during other seasons of the year, as you’ll keep moisture, pests, and outside temperatures out of your basement.

Choose Rescon for Basement Humidity Control Solutions in Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire

We’re proud to provide our customers with an in-house team of technicians on every call. That means we take the time to truly get to know our customers and their needs.

If you’re looking for basement humidity control services in the Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire areas, look no further than Rescon Basement Solutions. Our team is ready to help your basement become a safer, more comfortable area for your family.