Running a dehumidifier in your crawl space will improve the air quality in your whole house. That’s because dehumidifiers provide crawl space moisture control, which prevents musty air that carries moisture, mildew, mold spores and seasonal allergens into your home and protects your property from damage by mold or wood rot.
4 Signs of Moisture in Your Crawl Space
- The air throughout the house smells off or musty.
- You see condensation on walls, insulation or other items stored in your crawl space.
- You find mildew or mold in your crawl space.
- You see signs of wood rot in floor joists or other wood.
How a Dehumidifier Helps
A dehumidifier is an appliance that pulls in air and cools it, causing any moisture in the air to become condensation. The condensation is collected in a reservoir or pumped out through a hose and the dry air is reheated and pushed back out.
You will see immediate benefits from using a dehumidifier in your crawl space:
- Lowers energy costs: Humid air is harder for your air conditioning to cool, so it must run longer. A dehumidifier will decrease your energy bills each month.
- Fights mold: High humidity contributes to mold and encourages mold growth. Mold spores not only make the air in your home smell damp and stale, they can trigger allergic reactions and cause a range of health issues for the people living in your house.
- Protects your house: High humidity and condensation buildup on wood can lead to rot in wooden framing and floor joists that can cause costly damage to the structure of your home.
What Dehumidifier Do You Need?
Crawl space dehumidifiers come in a variety of sizes and models, and the experts at CrawlSpace Care can suggest the best one to meet your home’s unique needs. We recommend Aprilaire as a high-quality and trusted brand.